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Violinist José M. Cueto

José Miguel Cueto was born in Puerto Rico, where he received his early musical training. In 1974 he graduated from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico with degrees in Music Education and a Diploma in violin performance. Upon graduation he was awarded scholarships from the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He completed both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Peabody under the tutelage of laureate violinist Berl Senofsky.

José Cueto was concertmaster of the Conservatory's orchestra and was chosen to perform the Vivaldi Triple Concerto with his teacher and violinist Ruggiero Ricci in the Masters of Today and Tomorrow series.

Other distinctions include the Melissa Tiller Memorial and the Peabody Alumnae Association awards. Besides numerous solo appearances in the USA and abroad, Cueto is in great demand as chamber musician, including The Kennedy Center Chamber Players, The Washington Chamber Society and The Casals Festival Chamber Music Series. As soloist, José Cueto has performed, among others, under the baton of Fiora Contino, Leon Fleisher, Odón Alonso, Frederik Prausnitz, Edward Polochick, and Kenneth Kiesler.

Mr.Cueto has been admired by the public and critics for his solid technique, rich and beautiful tone. Strad magazine recognized Cueto's performance at Weill-Carnegie Hall, as grounded, confident and superb. During recent seasons he has appeared at the La Gesse Festival in France, the Autunno Musicale Veronese in Italy, and has toured extensively in Argentina and the Eastern United States. His recordings include Music of Portuguese composers, a project sponsored by the government of Portugal, Baroque Music, Music of the Americas with Trio Americas, On Wings of Angels, featuring solo and violin-piano duo selections with pianist Nancy Roldan, and Celebrations, Music by Thomas Benjamin. Mr. Cueto is Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary's College and Faculty Member of the Elderhostel Program at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He has been Concertmaster with Concert Artists of Baltimore since its founding in 1987.