Muriel Urquidi (born 1986 in Hollywood, California) showed musical prowess early on, beginning piano and solfege studies at age 4 and continuing on to study voice not long thereafter. Within that time she studied privately with Valeria Proaño, Tracy Brighty, Kevin Mahogany, among others.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice and Studio Music at The University of Miami in 2008, Muriel had the opportunity to study and work with musicians such as Alexander Pope Norris, Kevin Mahogany, Ron Miller, Wendy Petersen, Lisanne Lyons, Julie Silvera, Rachel L. Lebon, Timothy Brent, and Chuck Bergeron. Through The University of Miami, she’s been fortunate to share the stage and partake in master classes with renowned musicians Kurt Elling, Carmen Lundy, Jon Secada,Tierney Sutton, and Raul Midon.
In 2010, Muriel earned a Master in Music Business Management from The University of Westminster in London, England. In 2011, Muriel was invited to perform at the Fife Jazz Festival in Fife, Scotland and while living in Dundee (2010-2012), was part of the Dundee Big Band as one of the main vocalists and a member of the Dundee Operatic Society, performing as a chorus member. In 2017 she traveled with her quartet Muri Urquidi Quartet to Hangzhou, China for a three month residency at JZClub. Muriel finished her second Master in Jazz Voice and Light Music in 2018 from the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium. She finished her SLO teaching certification at the Lemmensinstituut in 2019. That same year she was invited to perform one of her jazz compositions (arranged by trumpeter and arranger, Thomas Mayade) with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra for The Future is Now project.
Muriel is now based in Brussels, Belgium where she performs with her bands Ode.
She also teaches in the Music Academy of Geel, Tienen and Sint-Agatha Berchem as well as privately.