Faculty Profile

Francisco Castillo Trigueros

NMS Composition Faculty
Castillo Trigueros receives Honorable Mention for


Francisco Castillo Trigueros (b. 1983) is a composer of contemporary chamber, orchestral and electronic music.  Originally from Mexico City, Castillo Trigueros currently resides in Chicago. He has received numerous distinctions such as the BMI Student Composer Award, two honorable mentions in the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and several nominations for the Gaudeamus Music Week Prize in The Netherlands.

Working extensively with ensembles that integrate instruments and performers from different parts of the world, Castillo Trigueros also composes works for traditional classical music ensembles and orchestras.

His music has been performed by the Holland Symfonia, Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, Eighth Blackbird, the Atlas Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Asko Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, the Enso String Quartet, Jason Alder, Brian Conelly, and Donatienne Michel-Dansac.

His mentors and teachers include Augusta Read Thomas, Shulamit Ran, Kotoka Susuki, Howard Sandroff at the University of Chicago; Theo Loevendie, Richard Ayres, Fabio Nieder at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam; Shih-Hui Chen, Kurt Stallman, Pierre Jalbert at Rice University; and Haruko Shimizu and Jose Tavarez in Mexico City.


Having studied with some of today’s most prominent composers, Castillo Trigueros has developed a passion for teaching music composition. Possessing expertise in both traditional composition techniques and computer music programming allows him to instruct students with different creative goals and musical backgrounds.  His experience teaching individual lessons at the New Music School is complemented by his work at the University of Chicago where he teaches the core composition course at the undergraduate level as well as computer music composition to both undergraduate and graduate students. 

His students are expected to develop strong analytical and creative tools through the study of music by great composers of the past and present, and through composing original compositions. In addition to building a strong musical foundation, Castillo Trigueros looks to help students find their own creative voice.