Contreras at Ponte Sisto, Rome. January 2016.
Photo by Chiara Ghilardi.
He studied composition at the Universidad Católica de Chile with Alejandro Guarello and Pablo Aranda (1998-2002), at the Conservatorio di Milano with Alessandro Solbiati and Gabriele Manca (2006-2009), and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Ivan Fedele (Rome, 2008-2010).
His works have been included on CD and DVD edited by Chilean Government, Emu Films productions, San Fedele Foundation and the Fund for the Development of National Music. His scores have been published in Italy by Suvini Zerboni – Sugar Music Spa and Edizioni Sconfinarte.
He was teacher of basic composition, theory, and other subjects at Chilean universities Católica Silva Henríquez, Del Pacífico and Bolivariana. At the Universidad Católica de Chile he held assistant professorships in Music History, Latin American music and Music Audition, developing artistic projects, academic texts and writing in the music journal Resonancias.
His works has been performed by Sconfinarte orchestra, Magritte trio and Divertimento Ensemble (Milan), the Algoritmo ensemble (Rome), Taller de Música Contemporánea, Trio Croma and Orquesta Sinfónica de la Serena (Chile), Ensamble sXXI (Spain), MIVOS quartet (USA), Ensamble Iberoamericano and Sonic Art Saxophone quartet (Germany), as well as world class musicians such the flutist Mario Caroli, the clarinetist Paolo Beltramini, guitarrist Diego Castro and other performers of the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, the Internationalen Ferienkurse of Darmstadt, Parco della Musica (Rome), Sala Verdi of Milan, Real Academia de San Fernando (Madrid), Chapelle Saint Bernard de Montparnasse (Paris), the UNIACC University (Santiago), Paris Conservatory, L Serena Municipal Theatre among others.
He was lecturer at the Alban Conference Grenoble Universités, at the Musikhochschule Franz Liszt Weimar, at the Estudio Modular de Música Actual in Valparaiso and at the universities Católica de Chile and Católica Silva Henríquez in Santiago. He was Resident Composer at the Spanish Academy in Rome, supported by the Spanish Government, at the International Center dés Récollets in Paris, supported by the Institut Français and at the "Fundación Cinenómada", thanks to the Ibermúsicas Program.
He has received recognitions, awards and scholarships from the Alban Program of European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), ARTEX Program of Spain, French Governement, Kone Foundation of Helsinki, Music Founds for Culture of Chile, Castiglioni Prize of Milan (Winner), Luis Advis Composition Competition of Coquimbo (Winner), Spanish Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE), and American States Organization.
He lives and works in Vigevano, Northern Italy.
Preparatory sketches for "Misa" and "Sacaoi"