Maria Alejandra Quintanilla, originally born in Lima, Peru, is a multi-award winning vocalist, composer, and producer who began her career in Los Angeles, California before taking a leap of faith into 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 folk to jazz, funk to pop, soul to latin. Despite her young age, Maria has toured all over Europe, North and South America, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with champion artists such as 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.
Maria graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master Degree from State University of New York Purchase where she is also the vocal performance teaching artist for the Purchase College Arts Abroad Program. She represented Ella Fitzgerald in several Centennial performances with Purchase Jazz Orchestra under the baton of Grammy-Award winning Todd Coolman and Jon Faddis at the legendaries Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and Blue Note NY.
Maria has released two albums as a co-leader entitled “Distance Chemistry” and “Breathing Taiwan”. She is now in post production for her first solo album set to be released in 2020.
NYC: SummerStage, Joe's Pub, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Blue Note
Los Angeles, CA: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Dizzy’s Club
Porto, Portugal: Hot Five Jazz Club
Miami, FL: Museum of Contemporary Art
Montreal, Canada: International Portuguese Festival of Montreal
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. Long may she swing!
Pete Malinverni, Steinway artist and composer
Working with Maria is one of the best and most emotional experiences in my career as a sound engineer. Her voice is full of emotion, soul and beauty, and it's hard not to get emotional while working on one of her tracks. Maria is a unique talent and she always, always delivers!
Jose Diogo Neves, recording, mixing, and mastering engineer
What a dynamic voice! With such command of melodies and harmony, it was indeed a pleasure to share the stage with her.
Melvin Lee Davis, bassist, music director