A Colombian composer born January 10, 1978 in Bucaramanga (Colombia).
Juan Pablo Carreño studied at the University of Bogota (Colombia), the International University of Florida (USA), then at the Paris Conservatory, notably with Gérard Pesson, Claude Ledoux, Michaël Levinas and Luis Naon. At the Centre Acanthes, in 2008, he also followed the composition classes of Salvatore Sciarrino.
Working on the splitting of the sound phenomenon, Juan Pablo Carreño conceives music as something he calls disjunctive, setting up a relationship between an acoustic source and an amplified double of itself (Conjonction disjonctive for improvising flautist and ensemble, 2013). He has written chamber music (Autopistas de la Libertad for bass clarinet and electronics, 2012), music for ensemble (Auca, I. Plegaria for 15 musicians, 2014, in memory of the Colombian composer Luis Rizo-Salom) as well as vocal music, including Digitale, cantate policière, first performed in 2015 by the ensemble Musicatreize, in which he uses the French language for some inventive and virtuosic singing. His music, often incisive in nature, is a metaphor for the violence inherent in the history of Colombia (Ronde autour d’une machine à sous for viola and electronics, 2008, premiered by Sarah Chenaf). It gives expression to the composer’s view of the world and of himself in that world (Négatifs for bass clarinet, accordion, percussion, violin and cello, 2007, first performed by the orchestra of the Paris Conservatory and later performed by the ensemble Le Balcon).
Juan Pablo Carreño is one of the founders of the ensemble Le Balcon.