Juan Pablo Contreras (b. 1987, Guadalajara, Mexico) is a Latin GRAMMY®-nominated composer and Universal Music recording artist who combines Western classical and Mexican folk music in a single soundscape. His works have been performed by 30 major orchestras in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, and Venezuela. Contreras has received commissions from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, California Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, The Riverside Choir, Carlos Prieto, and Onix Ensemble.
He has won awards including the BMI William Schuman Prize, New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices, the Presser Music Award, the Jalisco Orchestral Composition Prize, the Brian Israel Prize, and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Contreras holds degrees in composition from the University of Southern California (DMA), the Manhattan School of Music (MM), and the California Institute of the Arts (BFA). His music has been recorded on Universal Music Mexico, Albany Records, Epsa Music, and Urtext Digital Classics.