Francisco Castillo, Woodwind Ensemble
Francisco Castillo earned his Masters in Music in oboe performance from the University of Southern California, a Bachelors and Licenciatura in oboe, composition and orchestra conducting from the University of Costa Rica.
He was the winner of the Costa Rica National Prize in composition, 1979, for his orchestral work TUPACK AMARU.
In 1988 the Los Angeles Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet premiered hisWoodwind Quintet, Op.22, No.1. As an Oboist, Francisco
was a prize winner at the 34th Chamber Music Competition
in Colmar, France, with the USC
Graduate Woodwind Quintet and also won the first William Criss Memorial Award at USC in 1985.
In 1998, after a very successful concert tour to China, Francisco
was given an honorary membership to the Chinese Musicians Union
and the Literary Society of Shingdao
by the Chinese Musicians Union
and the government of China for his
teachings and help to Chinese students.
is the principal Oboist with the Redlands Symphony, California Philharmonic Orchestra, Burbank Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Pasadena
, San Bernardino Orchestra and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra.
is the solo oboist with the Los Angeles Woodwind Quintet and the new age jazz group L.A. Reed Machine.
has performed with many different orchestras including the San Diego Symphony
, San Diego Opera
, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
is also the Oboe and the Chamber Music instructor at Redlands University
, La Sierra University
, the Idyllwild Arts Academy
and the Los Angeles High School for the Arts
has been recognized as an outstanding oboe teacher and chamber music clinician.
Many of his
students have won major solo and chamber music competitions in the United States and have been admitted to the best universities and music schools.