Puerto Rican guitarist to host guest recital, master class

Marshall University’s School of Music will welcome Puerto Rican guitarist Dr. José Maldonado for a recital and master class this month.

An active performer and professor in New York City since 2012, Maldonado will perform on historical and modern instruments at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Marshall’s Jomie Jazz Forum on the Huntington campus. The recital will feature works by Antoine the Lhoyer, Ferdinando Carulli, Mauro Giuliani, J.S. Bach and Leonardo Egúrbida. The following day, Maldonado will perform beginning at 9 a.m. in Smith Recital Hall for a master class. Both events are free and open to the public.

As a performer, Maldonado has played in the Long Island Guitar Festival, the Mannes College, the New School for Music Guitar Seminars, SUNY Stony Brook University, Middlebury University, the University of Puerto Rico, the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, Columbia University and the Ezra Guitar Music Studio, among others. He currently is on the music faculties of CUNY John Jay College, the Bloomingdale School of Music and the Ezra Guitar Music School. Maldonado also has been working as the artistic director of the Bloomingdale School of Music Guitar Festival since the 2013.

Maldonado moved to New York City to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in classical guitar performance at SUNY Stony Brook University, where he studied classical guitar with Jerry Willard and Historical Performance Practice of Early Music with the harpsichordist Arthur Haas and the musicologist Sarah Fuller. After completing his Master of Music degree, Maldonado received a scholarship for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, which he completed in May 2016. His doctoral research focused on J. S. Bach’s second Lute Suite, music from the 19th Century for guitar and the autoctonal Afro-Caribbean classical music of Puerto Rico, the Danza Puertorriqueña.

For more information, contact Dr. Júlio Alves at alves@marshall.edu.