Composer Carlos Colón was born in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. When he was 14, he was forced to leave El Salvador and took refuge in Guatemala City. He came to the United States in 1986, and became a US citizen in 2001. He holds a B.M. from Belmont University, and a M.M. from Baylor University. His music has been performed in festivals in the United States and abroad. Recently, his music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, , Venezuela National Radio, the United Nations, and the Festival de Música Contemporánea of El Salvador. His music has also received acclaim in China, Cuba and other countries.
His Requiem, Las Lamentaciones de Rufina Amaya, was premiered at Baylor University’s Armstrong-Browning Library in 2008. It has also been performed in Dallas by The Texas Voices, and in El Salvador by the Choir of the National Opera. This composition was written in memory of the victims of El Mozote*, where the Salvadorian army massacred 800 peasants in 1981, mostly women and children. In March of 2010 the National Symphony, and the National Choir of El Salvador premiered Colón-Quintana’s Obertura Para Un Mártir**, written in memory of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero. This composition was commissioned by the President and First Lady of El Salvador.
Carlos is Coordinator for Worship Initiatives at Baylor University.