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Christian Quiñones (b.1996) is a Puerto Rican composer whose music explores concepts such as cultural identity and the intersection between vernacular music, electronic textures, rock, and Latin music. 

Recently Christian was selected as a composer in residence at the Copland House and as a fellow for the Cabrillo Music Festival, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Workshop, and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. In 2020 he was selected for the Earshot Underwood Orchestra Readings with the American Composers Orchestra. He also has received commissions from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the icarus Quartet, the Bergamot String Quartet, and the Victory players where Christian was the 2018-2019 composer in residence. 

His music has been performed by Dal Niente, Hub New Music, Loadbang, Dither Quartet, Bergamot Quartet, icarus Quartet, Onix Ensemble, Chromic Duo, Unheard-of Ensemble, Trio Sanromá, Victory Players, Chromic Duo, the American Composers Orchestra, and Cuban virtuoso René Izquierdo. He has also been a fellow in festivals and residencies such as the Rednote Music Festival, DePaul University Summer Residency, CCI Initiative, Connecticut Summerfest, and the MIFA Festival,

He obtained his BM in Music Composition at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, studying composition and orchestration with Alfonso Fuentes, and in 2019 Christian was a recipient of the Graduate College Master’s Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Carlos Carrillo and Reynold Tharp. Currently, Christian is a Ph.D. President’s fellow at Princeton University where he studies with Steve Mackey, Donnacha Dennehy, and Juri Seo.