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, the Jalisco Philharmonic 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 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. 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 music has been recorded on Universal Music Mexico, Albany Records, Epsa Music, and Urtext Digital Classics.