Juan Pablo Contreras
Composer in Residence
2013-2014 season

Juan Pablo Contreras (b. 1987 in Guadalajara, Mexico)
“One of the most prominent young composers of Latin America” (El Informador). His music combines elements of Mexican folk music with avant-garde trends of classical contemporary music. In 2013, he received the first prize, “William Schuman Prize”, of the BMI Composer Awards with his orchestral work “El Laberinto de la Soledad”. This work was also selected by the Council of Music in Mexico to represent the country in the International Court of Composers 2013, which took place in Prague, Czech Republic. Contreras also recently won the “Brian M. Israel Prize 2013” with his quartet “Silencio en Juárez”. 
Contreras has received numerous grants and awards throughout his career. In 2013, the Mexican government granted him the FONCA (National Fund for Culture and Arts) Young Artist Fellowship to write a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra to be premiered in Mexico in 2014. In 2012, he received the “Nicolas Flagello Award” on behalf of the Manhattan School of Music, for outstanding achievement as a composer.

Contreras’ catalog includes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solo works. His music has been performed by major orchestras such as the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, and the Symphony Orchestra of Córdoba (Argentina). His works have been performed at the Bolivar Hall in London, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Florianka Hall of the Academy of Music of Krakow, Mexican Cultural Institute in Paris, Roy O. Disney Music Hall in California, American Hall in Belgrade, and the Sala Manuel M. Ponce of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Among the ensembles that have performed his music are the Onix Ensamble, Ensamble Tamayo, Formalist Quartet, North/South Consonance, SequenzaSUR, and the Inauthentica Ensemble. In 2010, Contreras released his first album, “Opus I”, with chamber and orchestral works.

Contreras received his BFA in composition from the California Institute of the Arts and his Master in Music degree in composition from the Manhattan School of Music. His most influential teachers include Nils Vigeland, Daniel Catán, and Richard Danielpour.
Juan Pablo Contreras, composer
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