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Maria Quintanilla

Instrument: Vocalist | Location: New York City

Updated: October 18, 2018

Born: December 11, 1990

Maria Quintanilla, originally born in Lima, Peru, is a multi-award winning vocalist, composer, and producer based in the heart of New York City. Her insatiable curiosity has enabled her to perform and record in a wide spectrum of styles that range from classical to jazz, funk to pop, soul to latin. Despite her young age, Maria Quintanilla has toured all over Europe, North and South America, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with award winning artists such as mentor Jon Faddis, John Benitez, Steve Turre and Tia Fuller, amongst others. She has been recognized as a performer with poise far beyond her years and with having an exceptional ear for raw vocal expression.

In 2013 she was an “Outstanding Musician” award recipient at the DeMiero Jazz Festival. Between 2013 and 2015 she was a leading vocalist of vocal group Pacific Standard Time who was awarded the DownBeat Music Award for “Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble” (2014) and “Outstanding Performance” (2015 & 2016) in the Graduate College category. In 2017, Maria was named the winner of the Music Category of the State University of New York's Thayer Fellowship. This exclusive award is given to no more than 3 artists out of an assembly of 500,000 SUNY students who demonstrate outstanding achievement and high professional promise in the arts.

Ms. Quintanilla keeps a regular activity as a music educator, as well as live and recording artist both with her own projects and as special guest.

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”Stunning... Piercing... Enchanting!!!” - Huffington Post

Maria Quintanilla is a gifted and dedicated vocalist. She possesses excellent musical skills, has a great ear, and communicates in a very intimate and direct way with her audience. She is a complete musician. Keep your eye on her and an ear to the rail. You will be hearing a great deal about her very soon, if you have not done so already. - Todd Coolman, Grammy award winning bassist

Maria Quintanilla is a first-class musician who happens to be blessed with a beautiful voice. As such, she's what anyone would like to be - a trust-worthy and highly skilled purveyor of truth through music

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