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Guggenheim Fellow 2024

Extremely grateful to John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and looking forward to a new and exciting project. 

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April 12, 2024

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Emerging Composer Award from Musiqa

The Musiqa Artistic Board has chosen Luis Quintana for its Emerging Composer Commission program, a national competition for early career composers.

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October 30, 2023


Prix Pierre Cardin en musique de l'Académie des beaux-arts

Luis Quintana received the esteemed Pierre Cardin prize in music composition in 2022 from the Fine Arts Academy in France.

This prestigious award, established in 1993 by the late Academy member Pierre Cardin (1922-2020), aims to foster and recognize exceptional talent across different artistic disciplines. The prize is granted annually to outstanding individuals in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, engraving, and composition, as proposed by the respective sections of the Academy. The legacy of this support continues today, thanks to the dedication of Pierre Cardin's nephew, Rodrigo Basilicati-Cardin. 

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August 22, 2022

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Winner of BNMI's 10th Annual Commissioning Competition

The piece Débris d'instant furtifs (for bass clarinet, viola and percussion) was awarded the commission prize from the Boston New Music Initiative. As a result of this, Luis will be writing a piece to be premiered in 2023. 

October 1st, 2022


Transient Canvas Composition Fellow

Luis Quintana was selected as a fellow to write a piece for the duo Transient Canvas. This fellowship is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Jonathan Aibel and Julie Rohwein, as well as grants from The Alice M Ditson Fund and the Boston Cultural Council, Administered by the Mayor’s office of Arts and Culture.

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August 11, 2022


Winner of the 1900+ Call for Scores

1900+ and 2000+ are World Piano Music Concert Series of the 20th Century and Contemporary Music. Both series were initiated by Armenian pianist Hayk Melikyan, aiming to present the modern culture of different nations in Yerevan.

April 15, 2022

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Grand Prize at the Ise-Shima International Composition Competition

The piece Smudges Over Dripping Ink was awarded the grand prize at the first Ise-Shima International Composition Competition in 2021, hosted by the Ise-Shima Art Committee in Japan.

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August 16,2021

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Alain Louvier Prize

Luis Quintana was awarded the Alain Louvier Prize in the 9th International Composition Competition of the city and conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt (France) for his piece Triptyque au Parfum Antique

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June 24, 2021

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Salvatore Martirano Award

During the 2021 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Competition Award, Luis Quintana was awarded the first prize for his piece Smudges Over Dripping Ink. This competition is held annually by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. 

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May 11, 2021


First Prize at the Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Music Competition

The piece Junkyard Construction: Why stop the swing? was awarded the first prize at the 2021 Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Music Competition sponsored by the Contemporary Music Lab from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. 

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April 7, 2021


First Prize at the New Classics International Composition Competition

Luis Quintana received the first prize at the New Classics international composition competition for his piece Smudges Over Dripping Ink. This competition was hosted by the Moscow Conservatory in Russia. 

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November 30, 2020

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Classic Pure Vienna Composition Competition (2020) Finalist

The piece Smudges Over Dripping Ink was a finalist at the Classic Pure Vienna Composition Competition.  

December 15, 2020


Honorable Mention at the Luigi Nono International Composition Prize

Honorable Mention awarded during the 2020 Luigi Nono Competition in Italy, hosted by Associazione Amici per la Musica.  

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October 26, 2020

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