April 18 at 8 P.M. + April 19 at 7 P.M. (PDT)
LACO AT HOME, Los Angeles
Juan Pablo Contreras (b. 1987 in Guadalajara, Mexico) is “one of the most prominent young composers of Latin America” (Milenio) and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2019-20 sound investment composer.
His music is known for combining Western classical and Mexican folk music in a single soundscape, and has been performed by major orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Mexico City and UNAM Philharmonics, and the orchestras of Boca del Río, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, State of Mexico, and Jalisco in Mexico; the Salta and Córdoba Symphonies in Argentina; the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; and the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and the Waco Symphony Orchestra in the United States.
He is a Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California and has been a guest lecturer at Baylor University, the California State University of Fresno, and the Portland State University in the United Sates; and the University of Guadalajara and the ITESO in Mexico.
Contreras holds degrees in composition from the California Institute of the Arts (BFA), the Manhattan School of Music (MM), and is currently pursuing his DMA degree at the University of Southern California. His most influential teachers include Richard Danielpour, Daniel Catán, Nils Vigeland and Donald Crockett. Contreras’ music has been recorded on Albany Records, Epsa Music, and Urtext Digital Classics.