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 www.patrickcastillo.com.
Patrick Castillo appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.