Composer Juan Pablo Contreras standing at a conductor's podium dressed in a concert suit.

Juan Pablo Contreras’ “Lucha Libre!” receives Latin Grammy nomination

Juan Pablo Contreras (DMA ’21), a USC Thornton Composition program faculty member and alumnus, received a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category for Lucha Libre!

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra commissioned Contreras to write Lucha Libre! during their 2019-2020 season, when he served as Sound Investment composer-in-residence. Inspired by famous Mexican luchadores, the piece was also included in his DMA dissertation at Thornton.

Contreras’ Grammy-nominated recording of Lucha Libre! was performed by Orquesta Latino Mexicana, a Jalisco-based orchestra he founded in 2021. This marks the composer’s second Latin Grammy nomination, following his nomination for Mariachitl├ín in 2019.

The 2023 Latin Grammy Awards, which recognizes excellence in the Latin music industry, will be held on November 16 at the Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES) in Sevilla, Spain.

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