Emilio José González (b. 1994) is a composer, percussionist, and educator from the Pacific Northwest. His music is inspired by classical and pop genres as much as it is from nature and the (super)natural world. His influences range from Silvestre Revueltas to Frank Ocean; from the forests of Washington state to folk legends from around the world.
With his performance background as a percussionist, his music explores how to use instruments in an interesting and idiomatic, yet percussive way. His most recent compositions use atonality and rhythmic complexity to try and create vivid imagery, as his primary goal has always been to tell a story -- especially stories that might not be commonly known.
He has received commissions from Alec Wilmart and Mariko Lane of Kellogg Middle School and Einstein Middle School (Tahoma for concert band); from Dr. Miho Takekawa, percussion (Petrichor for flute, harp, and percussion); from Steven Smith and the Cleveland Chamber symphony (La Isla de las Muñecas for chamber orchestra); from Megan Grady, clarinet, and Dr. Erik Steighner, saxophone (Flutters for Eb clarinet and soprano saxophone); from Dan Kexel and the Cedar Heights Middle School Advanced Band (Someday for concert band); and from Dr. Jeffrey Bell-Hanson and the Pacific Lutheran University Symphony Orchestra (Obsession for symphony orchestra).
In 2019, he received a Master of Music in Composition from Bowling Green State University, and he also holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Pacific Lutheran University. His primary teachers have included Elainie Lillios, Mikel Kuehn, and Gregory Youtz.