Top Quotes

"Mariachitlán is expertly colored, intricately layered and sometimes delightfully raucous."
Mike Greenberg
Classical Voice North America
"A composer who has revolutionized classical music."
Ricardo Ramírez
Pagina Siete
"Silencio en Juárez is masterfully written chamber music."
Paul Muller
Sequenza 21
"Ángel Mestizo is a rhythmically rich and colorfully Mexican harp concerto."
Ivan Martinez
El Universal
"One of the most prominent young composers of Latin America."
Alfonso Gutierrez
Milenio
"Contreras blends classical contemporary music with Mexican popular music, using clear ideas and extremely defined emotions."
Patricia Garma
Diario de Yucatán

By Date

October 7, 2018
Excelsior

“On October 12, the Mexican composer will premiere his piece inspired in the ritual dance Voladores de Papantla. Contreras is also working on musical portraits for iconic women of Mexico, such as La Malinche, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Frida Kahlo.”

— Juan Carlos Talavera, Excelsior

October 7, 2018
El Informador

“The young, award-winning Mexican composer shares his recent international success.”

 

— Jorge Pérez, El Informador

October 3, 2018
Mural
Mexican Sound

“The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will premiere(US) Contreras’ Angel Mestizo, a concert written for chamber orchestra and harp. This concert makes the musical allegory to the journey the instrument made (from Spain to Mexico), and that in 2014 won Contreras the Arturo Marquez Composition prize.”

— Rebeca Pérez Vega, Mural

 

September, 27 2018
Sequenza 21

“A well crafted concert that invited the audience to experience new places and cultures through contemporary music. A long standing ovation followed.”

— Paul Muller, Sequenza 21

October 20, 2017
Mural

“The pyramid of the Sun stands out in Teotihuacán, as an unmistakeable symbol of the power of the Aztec empire. This famous structure is also the inspirational landscape for Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras, who’s  piece, Pidamide del Sol, of pre-Hispanic architecture received an honorable mention in the Morton Gould Young Composer Award by the ASCAP foundation.”

— Rebeca Vega, Mural

September 17, 2017
Música en México

“Juan Pablo Contreras is writing a five movement piece for cello and piano, as soon as he is done with it we will premiere it. The piece will be about my trips around the world and the tentative title is Souvenirs. He will be describing my trips to Moscu, NY, and Mexico City.”

— Carlos Prieto,  Música en México 

July 14,2017
Hoy Los Angeles

Mariachitlán is a vibrant and original work that is at times poignantly chaotic. It combines beautiful folk-like melodies with traffic and city sounds. Near the end, a police whistle tries to end the mariachi party, but is unsuccessful.”

— Sergio Burstein, Hoy Los Angeles

July 17, 2017
Classical Voice America

“The centerpiece was the U.S. premiere of Juan Pablo Contreras’ Mariachitlán, and 11-minute send-up of the mariachi band tradition. That piece was expertly colored, intricately layered and sometimes delightfully raucous.”

— Mike Greenberg,  Classical Voice America

May 18, 2017
Reforma

“Contreras wins Presser Award to record his CD “Mariachitlan” with the Jalisco Philharmonic.” 

— Erika P. Bucio, Reforma

May 18, 2017
El Universal

“Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras received the prestigious Presser Music Award in the United States. “The program is designed to encourage and support those students who have the potential to make a distinguished contribution to the field of music states the awards website. The prize will be destined to a CD with the recording of the composers music.”

— El Universal

May 16, 2017
Excelsior

“Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras (Guadalajara, 1987) has won the 2017 Presser Music Award from the University of Southern California, which will allow him to record an orchestral album with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Marco Parisotto.” 

— Juan Carlos Talavera, Excelsior

December 12, 2016
El Informador

“Juan Pablo Contreras was awarded the Jalisco Orchestral Composition Prize with his new piece Mariachitlán. The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Miguel Salmon del Real played the 4 previously selected works at the Teatro Degollado in Jalisco, Mexico. Two renowned Mexican Composers.” — 

 “Mariachitlán is enlightening and colorful” — Javier Alvarez, Composer

Mariachitlán is Luxurious, expertly crafted, and funny” — Arturo Marquez, Composer 

December 9, 2016
USC Thorton School of Music

“Juan Pablo Contreras, a doctoral candidate of the USC Thorton Composition program, recently won the Jalisco Orchestral Composition Price with his work Mariachitlán. Written under the guidance of Composition chair Donald Crockett.” 

— USC Thorton School of Music

December 9, 2016
Mural

“Contreras will enter the National Composition Awards, by the Jalisco Chamber of Culture.” 

— Rebeca Pérez Vega, Mural

December 4, 2016
Milenio

“Renowned composer Juan Pablo Contreras returns to his native Guadalajara, with new works that reflect the richness of his Mexican identity. The Jalisco Philharmonic will perform his music in three concerts at the Teatro Degollado. Pirámide del Sol and Mariachitlán are the two new works that Contreras will premiere this season.”

— Alfonso Gutiérrez, Milenio

November 30, 2016
Imagen de Veracruz

“The Boca del Rio Philharmonic (Veracruz) will perform Contreras’ Angel Mestizo. The piece tells the story of the journey the harp made from Spain to Mexico during the Spanish conquest. The Concert will be at the Teatro Fernando Gutierrez Barrios on Friday December Second at 8:00 PM.”

— Imagen de Veracruz

November 7, 2016
El Universal

“El Laberinto de la Soledad was The first piece of this program by the OFUNAM, under the direction of Massimo Cuarta. Contreras writes with amazing clarity, changing rhythms and nuances that help you understand each texture, his writing eases the craft of directing this piece.”

— Iván Martínez, El Universal

 

October 31, 2016
Milenio

“Juan Pablo Contreras wins the the Jalisco Orchestral Composition Prize with my new work Mariachitlán. On December 9 and 11, the Jalisco Philharmonic will perform this work, which will compete with 3 other works for the grand National Orchestral Composition Prize.”

— Milenio

November 22, 2015
Milenio

“The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by José Luis Hernandez, with Abdiel Vázquez as soloist, performed Juan Pablo Contreras’ Pirámide del Sol in Caracas. 
That same night, Contreras is also had his Carnegie Hall debut with Cuatro Nocturnos, performed by the Rebow Ensemble. Both experiences confirm that Contreras is one of the most influentia Mexicanl musicians of his generation.”

Milenio

September 21, 2015
Mural

“The young composer, had his CD release concert in Guadalajara. “Silencio en Juarez” was received with a standing ovation from more than a thousand people at the Teatro Degollado.”

— Oliver Zazueta, Mural

November 20, 2015
El Universal

“The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by José Luis Hernández, with Abdiel Vázquez as soloist, performs my piano concerto “Piramide del Sol” in Caracas.” 


— El Universal

September 16, 2015
Mural

“Juan Pablo Contreras reveals his latest CD Silencio en Juárez at El Teatro Degollado in his native Guadalajara.”

— Oliver Zazueta, Mural

September 11, 2015
El Universal

“The National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, with Abdiel Vazquez as soloist, premiered Contreras Piano Concerto “Pirámide del Sol” at El Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.”

— Alida Piñon, El Universal

September 10, 2015
Milenio

“After increasing his prestige internationally , the young composer presented a handful of pieces of his latest compositions at the Teatro Degollado in his native Guadalajara.”

— Milenio

April 28, 2015
El Diaro de NY

“With his most recent CD release Silencio en Juarez,  Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras is now one of the most promising classical musicians of Latin America.”

— Carolina Valenti, El Diaro de NY

April 27, 2015
El Diario

About the release of Silencio en Juarez: “Contreras became the youngest Mexican composer to release an album with an internationally renowned record label”.

— Rebeca Pérez Vega, El Diario

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