Agustin Castilla-Avila
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Instrument: guitar

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Castilla-Avila Agustin


# Titlesort icon Year of Origin Instrumentation Category
1 4.55 (Five 2 Five) - for 5 pianists at 2 pianos 2010
2 A nówara tanon okwáho (Turtles and Wolves) 2009
3 A Piano Piece for a Guitar Player 2007
4 A short dream (don't close your eyes) 2009
5 A Song of Henna 2005
6 A.Mort.Z I - for flute quartet 2003
7 A.Mort.Z II - für Chor 2003
8 A.Mort.Z III 2005
9 A.Mort.Z IV 2010
10 Adán de Eva - chamber opera for soprano, baritone, flute, guitar and drums 2007
11 At Your Fingers - for four guitars and dancers (in preparation)
12 Avec Maria - for soprano and harp 2005
13 Cae el Sol Herido - for baritone, alto flute, clarinet, string quartet, percussion and piano 2007
14 Caged Music 2003
15 Caged Music II - for two guitars 2005
16 Caged Music III - for three guitars 2006
17 Caged Music IV - for four guitars 2007
18 Can we all get along? - for vocal ensemble 2008
19 Ceres 2006
20 City of London - for three guitars 2006
21 Concierto Pescador para guitarra y orquesta - (in preparation)
22 Crystal Music - for violin, guitar, piano (four hands), glass and tape 2005
23 Das Kind isst - children's opera improvisation 2009
24 Das kleine Mammut - children's chamber opera (in preparation)
25 Das klinget sehr mikrotonalisch - for two microtonal guitars and tape 2005
26 Die Plage (music for the project "Die Käferkrise von C. Kendlbacher") - for two actors, soprano, microtonal guitar and tape 2009
27 Die Sieben Schöpfungstage - for vocal ensemble and speaker 2007
28 Don Quijotes Dulcinea - chamber opera for soprano, tenor, speaker, flute, cello, guitar and drums 2010
29 Dos Romances - for flute and guitar 2008
30 Downtown Tempe 2002
31 El Sueño de Boabdil - for microtonal guitar 2007
32 Five Meditations - for flute and guitar 2000
33 Five O' Clock (Eran las cinco de la tarde) 2004
34 Four sleeping pieces 2009
35 Gabriel's Lullaby
36 Gehörbildung - for solo mezzo-soprano 2007
37 Gemini 2003
38 Goddog - for string quartet, four male voices, mezzo soprano and dancer 2006
39 Guernica - for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, microtonal guitar, harpsichord, drums, bull horn and painter 2006
40 Hex - für Gitarrensextett 2010
41 Hommage to Goldsworthy (Wood, Time, Stone) - for piano and percussion 2005
42 Il Catalogo - for soprano and piano 2006
43 Ilialuna 2004
44 In Honorem - for choir, soprano, drums and organ 2007
45 It sounds like music - for tenor, viola (or cello), guitar and tape 2006
46 Jondo Microtonal - for microtonal guitar 2007
47 Keys - for piano and actors (in preperation)
48 Kids Stuff 2007
49 La Fantasia es una Realidad - for piano and orchestra (in preparation)
50 La Montaña Magica 2006
51 La Ninfa (Bagatella) 2006
52 Las Puertas de Timur 2006
53 Laura's Song 2002
54 Lo Specchio di Roma - for soprano, guitar and tape 2005
55 Lunas y Claros de Luna 2009
56 Mirabell 2005
57 Mosaico 1999
58 Musas y Músicas - for four guitars, tape and four dancers 2007
59 Musica Callada 2007
60 Música Templaria (Maitines, El Trabajo, Oración, El Templo, Tierra, Fuego, Completas) - for two guitars 2003
61 Musik im Mirabell (nach Trakl) - for soprano and guitar 2005
62 Nana para LLanto y Ensemble - for soprano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, microtonal guitar, drums, piano and tape 2008
63 Nocturno Claro - for soprano, two guitars and clarinet 2006
64 Nostaljia - for tenor and guitar 2007
65 Once 1997
66 Onde - for piano and guitar 2005
67 Portraits 1999
68 Preludio para antes de la Musica - for four guitars 2007
69 Presentimiento (Habanera) 1998
70 Quetzal - for two microtonal guitars 2006
71 Rondò di Portobello 2001
72 S.A.L.Z.B.U.R.G. - for guitar, tape and video projection 2006
73 Sacred Interpretations - for children's choir, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, string quartet, amplified guitar and drums 2007
74 Sechs für Sechs - für Gitarrensextett 2006
75 Seven Days of Spring 2001
76 Sleeping piece 2001
77 Solsticio microtonal para Guitarra - for microtonal guitar 1996
78 Sonata for Solo Score - for solo voice 2007
79 Still-leben mit Stille - für verschiedene Instrument Kombinationen 2008 - 2009
80 Strings (A play for a guitar player and a guitar composer) - for guitar and actors 2005
81 Suite Veleña 2003
82 The Strait - for violin, cello and piano 2009
83 Tres Canciones (Dime que te quedas, Soñando está mi corazón, Marinero) - für Sopran und Gitarre 2000
84 Tres Canciones Otoñales 2001
85 Tres Momentos microtonales - for microtonal guitar 2000
86 Two flying pieces
87 Two undreaming pieces
88 Unfantasy me! - for string quartet 2009
89 Veinte Preludios de Amor y un Postludio Desesperado (Homenaje a Pablo Neruda) 2003
90 Zwei Impressionen (Rekantate, Dichterliebe) - for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano 2008

General Information

Year of Birth:  1974
Date of Birth:  15. June 1974
Place of Birth:  Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Country of Birth: 

Agustin Castilla-Avila was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, where he began his musical studies at the conservatory. He then studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Seville at Josefina Calero, and graduated with the Titulo Superior de Guitarra. In 1998 he received a scholarship from the Fundación La Caixa and the British Council for a master's degree at the London College of Music with the guitarist Carlos Bonell. He then earned a postgraduate diploma and a Masters Degree with Robert Brightmore and David Miller at the Guildhall School of Music. In 2001 he completed a postgraduate degree in guitar with Isabel Siewers at the Mozarteum University. In parallel, he accomplished his doctor's degree in Musical Arts with Frank Koonce at the Arizona State University, where he also worked as a teaching assistant. In 2004 he started studying composition with Adriana Hölszky and Reinhard Febel at the Mozarteum. He has also studied with Alexander Müllenbach at the Conservatoire du Luxembourg. In 2010 he was an artist in residence in Vienna, sponsered by the Austrian Federal Ministry.
He attended guitar master classes among others with D. Russell, M. Barrueco, R. Dyens and visited composition master classes with S. Sciarrino, Marco T., C. Halffter, A. Posadas, J. Kaipainen, J. Tiensuu, K. Schwertsik. In 1994-95 he was the youngest guitar professor at the Conservatorio Profesional de Ceuta and in 1995-98 he taught at the Conservatorio Elemental de Lucena in Spain. In 1998, he worked as a composer with the theater group Boardwalk in García Lorca's play "Bluthochzeit". In the same year he took part in the British film Maestro. He also composed the music for the short film "You're Perfect" by Bibiana Juanes.
Castilla-Avila has performed both as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles and with orchestras in Europe and the USA. He received awards at the Forêt Dorleans Festival in France and at the Festival Internacional de Vélez-Málaga in Spain. He worked as a composer at the IV and V. Bolivar Hall Guitar Festival in London, Guildhall Contemporary Music Festival, Salzburg Strings Festival, Mozart Ante Portas Salzburg, West-Eastern Einklang Symposium 2007, Urban Festival Hallein 2007, start 2007, Ročník Medzinárodného Festivalu Banska Bystrica, IG Night of Composers, New Faces New Dances 2008 Salzburg, Austrian Week of Microtonal Music, International Guitar Festival Hallein, Sävellyspaja-Avanti! 2009, Spanish Evenings in San Petersburg, International University of Santo Tomas Guitar Festival in Manila, etc.
His music was conducted by D. Russell Davies, P. Fontanelli, J. Kalitzke, T. Ceccherini, A. Soriano, H. Lintu, K. Hiller, C. Chamorro etc. conducted and recorded by the Austrian Broadcasting Corperation ORF. He has published piano pieces with the publisher Doblinger. He is the artistic adviser of the International Society for Ekmelic Music in Austria. He gave lectures on micro-tonality of the guitar at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and other major musical centers.
He has composed works for various combinations (from solo to orchestra, choreography, theater or two chamber operas ("Adán de Eva", which was first performed by the El Cimarron and "Don Quixote's Dulcinea", commissioned by the 58th Festival Europäische Wochen Passau 2010 ). Currently, he is composed "A.Mort.Z IV" for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, which premiered in February 2011.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1996 - 1999

Conservatorio Superior de Música de Sevilla, Spain: Titulo Superior de Guitarrae (Josefina Calero)


Master of Music (Performance) with Carlos Bonell


Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance


Master of Music

2002 - 2003

postgraduate studies

2002 - 2003

Arizona State University: Doctorate in Musical Arts (Frank Koonce), not completed

2004 - 2008

Bachelor Studies in Composition (Adriana Hölszky and Reinhard Febel)


Conservatoire de Musique Ville de Luxemburg: Diplôme de la Division Supérieure


Master in composition


1994 - 1995

Conservatorio Profesional de Ceuta, Spain: guitar professor

1995 - 1998

Conservatorio de Lucena, Spain: guitar professor


ever since, numerous concerts as a guitarist in Europe, America and Asia

2002 - 2003

Arizona State University, USA: assistant for guitar


ever since, member


ever since, lectures on the subject "Micro-tonality of the Guitar" in Austria, Spain, France, Russia, Britain, Singapore, Philippines, etc.


Youth education projects


artistic consultant for Austria


Artist in Residence

Performances (Selection)


Western-Eastern Einklang Symposium


Stadtfestwoche Hallein


New Faces New Dances




Spanish Evenings


International University of Santo Tomás Guitar Festival

Bolivar Hall Guitar Festival

Guildhall Contemporary Music Festival

 Salzburg Strings Festival

Mozart Ante Portas Salzburg

Rocník Medzinárodného Festivalu Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

IG Night of Composers

International Guitar Festival

Austrian Week of Microtonal Music

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

OENM stART Festival Salzburg


Duo Baronne (flute and guitar)


El Cimarron Ensemble


Kollegienkirche Salzburg


Sävellyspaja-Avanti Festival Poorvo


Festival Europäische Wochen Passau


University of Santo Tomas, Manila


Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

Portallion Solo Guitar Prize

Press Reviews

An artistic personality that will have a great career. 

(Adriana Hölszky)


An extraordinary talented composer.  

(Reinhard Febel)


Castilla-Ávila has to be counted to the most excellent artistic figures of our days. 

(Johannes Kotschy, Präsident der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für ekmelische und mikrotonale Musik)


Your compositions will be soon heard in all the guitaristic circles. 

(Juan Jose Saenz, Direktor des Festivals Internacional de Guitarra Sainz de la Maza)