Patrick Castillo

Patrick Castillo leads a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, writer, and educator. His music has been described as “restrained and reflective but brimming with a variety of texture and sound that draws you into its world” (I Care If You Listen) and has been presented at festivals and venues throughout the United States and internationally.

He is the founding Composer and Managing Director of Third Sound and Executive Director of Hotel Elefant. He previously served as Artistic Administrator for Music@Menlo and Senior Director of Artistic Planning of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and appears frequently as a guest lecturer for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Quality of Mercy, an album of Patrick Castillo’s vocal chamber music featuring mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, has been praised as “affecting and sensitively orchestrated… [a] gorgeous, masterfully crafted canvas” (Cleveland Classical), and is available on innova Recordings. For more information, please visit    

Patrick Castillo appears in the following:

65,000 Shades of Van Gogh: Clint Mansell Scores Stylish 'Loving Vincent'

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The film "Loving Vincent" – part reverent biopic, part noir-ish thriller – attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding Van Gogh's death. Clint Mansell renders the stylish soundtrack.


Attacca Quartet and the Irrepressible Freshness of Michael Ippolito

Monday, April 24, 2017

The outstanding Attacca Quartet continues its headstrong embrace of contemporary fare with an album devoted to the bright, breathless lyricism of composer Michael Ippolito.


Rothko and Americana Inspire Orchestral Works of Adam Schoenberg

Monday, February 27, 2017

Adam Schoenberg possesses a directly approachable compositional idiom, marked by a sweet-toothed tonal language, widely spaced chords and generous orchestral textures. 


Listen: yMusic and Son Lux's 'First'

Monday, February 13, 2017

For its third album, "First," chamber sextet yMusic worked with composer Son Lux, and the record is a dynamic testament to what’s possible with sympathetic artists. Listen all week.


Kjartan Sveinsson's 'Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen'

Monday, January 09, 2017

Throughout his debut solo album, Kjartan Sveinsson - former Sigur Rós keyboardist - envelops the listener in the quiet majesty of ravishing string and vocal textures. Listen all week.

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Pianist Vicky Chow Cultivates Vast Arsenal of Sound in 'A O R T A'

Monday, November 21, 2016

"A O R T A," the latest solo album by Bang on a Can pianist Vicky Chow, features music by six composers with whom Chow has enjoyed longstanding collaborative relationships.


From Björk to Costello with Anne Sophie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider question the concept of genre, with convincing music by Björk, John Adams, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello. Listen all week. 


David T. Little Sets Dystopian Excess with Opera 'Dog Days'

Friday, September 09, 2016

David T. Little’s opera "Dog Days," based on a story by Judy Budnitz, uses a bracing score to psychoanalyze a family’s degeneration in war-ravaged America. Listen this week only.


'Considering Matthew Shepard' an Ode to Inclusivity and Compassion

Monday, August 29, 2016

Since his death in 1998, Matthew Shepard has been an enduring symbol of the L.G.B.T. rights movement. Composer Craig Hella Johnson pays tribute with his 'Considering Matthew Shepard.'

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New York Philharmonic Records Christopher Rouse, Past Composer-in-Residence

Monday, May 30, 2016

The New York Philharmonic’s latest release, conducted by Alan Gilbert, celebrates Rouse’s term (2012–15) as composer-in-residence and features muscular scores produced during that time.


Young British Generation Impresses in Second 'Panufnik Legacies'

Monday, March 28, 2016

On its heady new release, "The Panufnik Legacies II," the London Symphony Orchestra offers music by 18 young British composers (and one elder statesman). Listen this week only.