Dr. José Leonardi Moore, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has served as a violinist and violist in many orchestras such as The Akron Symphony, Akron Baroque, Cleveland Opera Circle, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Warren Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony and Puerto Rico Philharmonic orchestras, among others.
He is the Second Prize Winner at the 2009 Concerto Competition at the University of Arizona, Second Prize Winner at the 2006 Tuesday Musical Competition in Ohio, First Prize Winner at The University of Akron Concerto Competition 2006; First Prize Winner at the Puerto Rico Conservatory Concerto Competition 2003, and awarded several other prizes in other competitions besides being awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in Strings 2006 and 2007, at the University of Akron, Ohio.
He also performed in masterclasses for Ernest Salem, Axel Strauss, Elmar Oliveira, Linda Sinanian, among others. Summer festivals he has attended include FOSJA (Puerto Rico), Stony Brook (NY), Academie Musicale Internationale “Barbara Krakauer” (France) and Meadowmount (NY). In 2005 he was chosen to be part of the Latin America Youth Orchestra in Venezuela under the baton of the great Claudio Abbado to represent Puerto Rico.
He currently teaches the Suzuki and Traditional Methods at his private studio, TUSD and the Tucson Waldorf School. As a performer he regularly plays with the Tucson Symphony, Sierra Vista Symphony and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. He also serves as Co-Concertmaster of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and is the first violinist of the Sheherazade String Quartet.
Dr. Moore earned his Bachelors of Music Performance degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory where he studied with Dr. Francisco Cabán, Dara Morales and Henry Hutchinson. He also holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from The University of Akron in Ohio, where he studied violin and viola with Prof. Alan Bodman, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona where he was teaching assistant to Prof. Mark Rush.