Born in Libertador San Martin, Entre Rios, Argentina, Ariel Quintana started playing piano at the age of 3. By the time he was in kindergarten, he was playing the piano at school to accompany his classmates in singing. He graduated from the Universidad Adventista del Plata with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a specialty in piano, where he also served as arranger and composer for the University Vocal Ensemble. He later earned a Master's Degree in Music in Piano Performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. His list of teachers and mentors includes Perla Brugola, Julio Fainguersh, Valdo Sciammarella, and Waldemar Wensell. He also studied choral conducting with John Alexander at California State University Northridge. In 1988, he married mezzo-soprano Helene Urigu, and they moved to Glendale, California. They still live there today with their 10-year old daughter Antonella who sings, plays piano, violin and enjoys gymnastics. Soon after moving to the United States, Ariel founded the Opus 7 Chamber Singers with a group of friends from Argentina. They met new friends, made some recordings and made three European tours: in 1994, 1995, and 1997. In 1996 he joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Paul Salomunovich, who conducted some of Ariel's arrangements and premiered his Hodie Christus Natus Est in December 2000, written for double chorus acappella, published by Alliance Music Publishing (catalog # AMP 0450). His Ave verum corpus was published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing in 2003 (catalog #SBMP 507) and is set for SATB choir a capella. Ariel Quintana is the Assistant Conductor of the acclaimed Los Angeles Master Chorale, he serves as the Director of the Cathedral Choir at Hollywood Presbyterian Church and currently he’s finishing the Doctoral Program in Conducting at the University of Southern California. His teachers include Dr. William Dehning, Dr. Morten Lauridsen and Dr. David Wilson. He maintains a busy schedule with rehearsals, classes, teaching at choral workshop, adjudicating choral festivals and writing commissions.