Luis Quintana (b. in Puerto Rico, 1988) is an instrumental, vocal and electronic music composer.
Often inspired by caribbean and african music — where rhythmical pulse and playful figures intermingle with suggested, effaced and disseminated imagery — he seeks a sense of fluidity and purity of material that brings out the expressive and poetic power in music.
His music is nourished mostly by literature, poetry, and the visual arts, and he entertains a quasi-regular reflexion on music through several writings.
He studied composition with Alfonso Fuentes at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico where he was awarded the conservatory's composition award and the Roberto I. Ferdman prize in 2010. He continued his studies in Paris at the École Normale de Musique supported by the Zaleski Foundation where he received his composition diploma in 2012, and was unanimously awarded the first prize in orchestration (2013) and analysis (2014) at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.
Later, he would follow Jean-Luc Hervé’s composition course and Yan Maresz’ class of new technologies at the conservatory in Boulogne-Billancourt, where he received his diploma with honours in 2016 before integrating the Ircam Cursus (2017 - 2018). He holds a masters degree in composition from the National Conservatory in Pairs (CNSMDP) where he studied with Gérard Pesson. During this time he was a laureate of the Société Générale Foundation, the Meyer Foundation as well as the France Foundation.
His music has been performed by ensembles like Ensemble Intercontemporain, TM+, Orchestre des lauréats du CNSM, Duo Jeu d'Anches, Studio for New Music Ensemble, Instant donné (among others); and has been played in such festivals like Festival Manifest, Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Biennale de Musiques Exploratoires, Variations Numériques Stéphanoises, Soirée Sonore at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris (Centre Pompidou)…
In 2019 - 2020 he was the visiting composer at the Jean Monnet University of Saint-Étienne (France) and composer in residence at the Conservatory of Le Mée-sur-Seine (France). Recently he was awarded the first prize at the 'New Classics' International Composition Competition in Moscow (2020), as well as the first prize at the Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Music Competition, the Martirano Award and the Grand Prize of the Ise-Shima art committee in 2021.
He currently lives and works in Paris and his scores are published by BabelScores.