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Maria Quintanilla

Maria Quintanilla, originally born in Lima, Peru, is a New York based vocalist, composer, and music educator. 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 Jon Faddis, Melvin Lee Davis, Nate Watts, Alexis Cole, and Renato Diz amongst others. Between 2013 and 2015 she was a leading vocalist of vocal group Pacific Standard Time which was awarded the DownBeat Music Award for “Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble” (2014) and “Outstanding Performance” (2015 & 2016) in the Graduate College category. 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. Maria was a recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship throughout her undergraduate studies at Cal State University of Long Beach which she completed with the highest honors; and is currently a Merit Scholarship and Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship recipient at SUNY Purchase where she is completing her Masters Degree in Jazz Studies under the tutelage of Jon Faddis, John Abercrombie, Pete Malinverni and Alexis Cole.