Arts & Culture

UK composer Juan Trigos awarded Azrieli Commission for International Music


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2023) — The University of Kentucky’s very own Juan Trigos was awarded with the 2024 Azrieli Commission for International Music. Trigos, in his first year at UK School of Music, is a composer, conductor and assistant professor of music theory and composition.

The Mexican American composer’s output includes six operas, four symphonies, three cantatas, concertos for several instruments and diverse chamber music. His Symphony No. 3 “Offering to the Dead,” notably one of his most important pieces, was commissioned by the Houston Symphony.

Trigos will create a choral piece for a cappella choir and up to four additional instruments and/or vocal soloist(s) that will be premiered by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus at The Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) Gala Concert in mid-to-late October 2024. Subsequently his piece will be given two international premieres and be professionally recorded for a future commercial release. In addition, he will receive a cash prize of $50,000 Canadian dollars.

The Azrieli Commission for International Music encourages composers worldwide to foster a greater understanding of humanity’s diverse cultural heritage, both creatively and critically, through music. Trigos’ submission displayed artistry, technical mastery and professional expertise granting him this esteemed award.

The assistant professor will attend the rehearsals, performances and recording of his prize-winning work, and will be publicly honored at the AMP Gala Concert in Montreal.

The School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, and theory and music history. 

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.