Juan Pablo Contreras

composer

Juan Pablo Contreras is “one of the most prominent young composers of Latin America” (Milenio). His music is recognized 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 Salta and Córdoba Symphonies in Argentina and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.

Juan Pablo has received commissions from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, The Riverside Choir, Carlos Prieto, and the Onix Ensamble. He has won awards including the BMI William Schuman Prize, the Presser Music Award, the Jalisco Orchestral Composition Prize, the Brian Israel Prize, and the Arturo Márquez Composition Contest. He 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 music has been recorded on Albany Records, Epsa Music, and Urtext Digital Classics.

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S E S S I O N spiva

Produced in collaboration with Four Larks, SESSION featured the world premiere of The Body Overcome by Derrick Spiva Jr, hindustani vocalist Saili Oak, a US premiere by composer Juan Pablo Contreras and works by Conor Brown, Salina Fisher and Reena Esmail.

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The LA Orchestra Fellowship is a two-year orchestra intensive for musicians on violin, viola, and cello.

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