Agustin Castilla-Ávila studied guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Sevilla under Josefina Calero, at London College of Music under Carlos Bonell, at Guildhall School of Music with Robert Brightmore, at Mozarteum University in Salzburg under Maria Isabel Siewers and at Arizona State University under Frank Koonce. He studied composition at Mozarteum under Adriana Hölszky and Reinhard Febel, and at Luxemburg Conservatoire under Alexander Müllenbac.
He has taken master classes from guitarists including David Russell, Manuel Barrueco and, Roland Dyens; and from composers including Salvatore Sciarrino, Dieter Schnebel, Cristobal Halffter, Tomás Marco, Jouni Kaipainen and Jukka Tiensuu. He has taught at the Conservatorio Profesional de Ceuta and at the Conservatorio Elemental de Lucena, both in Spain; and at Arizona State University. He is an artistic advisor of the Microtonal Music Society in Austria, giving regular lectures worldwide, including Reina Sofia in Madrid, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music in London, and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore.
Castilla-Avila has written solo and chamber music, orchestral music, theatre plays, choreographies, and five chamber operas.
His musical works have been performed widely, under such conductors as Dennis Russell Davies, Tito Ceccherini, Johannes Kalitzke, Hannu Lintu, Alexis Soriano, Hansjörg Schellenberger.
He was awarded the Music Prize 2013 from the Region of Salzburg.
“Castilla-Ávila has to be counted to the most excellent artistic figures of our days”. (Johannes Kotschy, former Chairman of the International Ekmelic Music Society in Austria.)
“A very high degree of originality, he is always in search of new horizons”. (Alexander Müllenbach, director of the Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg.)