Christian Quiñones (b.1996) is a Puerto Rican composer, winner of the 2015 PROARTE composition competition. His music has been performed by the Trio Sanromá, Victory Players, Cuban virtuoso René Izquierdo, Orquesta del Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Young Artist Concert Orchestra (YACO), emerging talents such as Daniela Santos Colón, and Bryan Ojeda. In 2018 he was composer in residence and commissioned by Mt. Holyoke MIFA Festival. He has also been commissioned by The Association of professional dancers (APRODANZA),Young Artist Concert Series, the HIGHScore Festival and The Zodiac Trio.
His music has been performed at the Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals, at the Cannon Gallery by the Puerto Rico Steinway Society, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Nueva Esperanza at Massachusetts, Sala Sanromá (CMPR), and the prestigious Ateneo Puertorriqueño. His music has been described as “…rhythmic, with subtle touches … colorful and imaginative” (El Nuevo Día, L. Juliá). Also, Christian has done multimedia work, composing for short films and animations and in 2017 he was a composer for Fox and Hound Studios, a small company focused on making multimedia projects through digital platforms. Apart from his work as a composer, he has done research on the commissions of“Ballets de San Juan” to Puerto Rican composers, and an analysis on the sustainability of independent music in Puerto Rico at a time of crisis. He also offered small talks for the community on topics like New Technologies for the Contemporary Opera.
In 2019 he obtained his BM in Music Composition at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, studying composition and orchestration with Alfonso Fuentes. He also studied conducting with Rafael Irizarry III and theory with Pedro Segarra Sisamone and Noel Torres. In 2019 Christian was a recipient of the Graduate College Master’s Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he will start studying next fall with composer Carlos Carrillo.