Puerto-Rican born José Pietri-Coimbre has distinguished himself as an orchestral, chamber music, and solo violinist and violist, and additionally as a classical baritone soloist and ensemble singer.
He has been a busy and passionate educator for nearly two decades, having been on the faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music, the Mozart Academy in New York City, the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts and currently at Third Street Music School. In the latter he has been a long-standing faculty member for both the main school (violin, viola, chamber music) and Partners programs (strings, chorus), as well as Director for the Barbara Fields Chamber Music Program. One of his current projects as an educator, in collaboration with violinist and Suzuki violin teacher Patricia Davis, is the ongoing compilation of a video-library of short videos explaining pedagogical aspects for each piece studied in the Suzuki Violin Method.
As a violinist and violist, Mr. Pietri-Coimbre has held principal positions at the Bronx Opera and Delaware Valley Opera Orchestras, Garden State Philharmonic, One World Symphony, Puerto Rico Sinfonietta and the National Orchestral Institute Orchestra. He has been a member of the Zipoli Ensemble for the Spanish American Baroque, Dorian Baroque, New Jersey Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, and is a substitute musician at the "Phantom of the Opera" Orchestra on Broadway and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo and chamber music with his piano trio, the Saffron Trio, and with the Joyce Ensemble, Con Vivo Chamber Players, Harlem Chamber Players, at the Chamber Music Live Series at Lefrak Concert Hall, and at the Luci Toscane Festival in Wisconsin and Italy.
As a vocalist, Mr. Pietri-Coimbre has presented frequent solo art song recitals in the United States and Europe. Most recently, he appeared as Giove and Giove in Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Julianne Baird’s Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, with New York Lyric Opera as Pandolfe in Massenet's Cendrillon, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as Figaro in scenes from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and with One World Symphony in the role of Walter White/Heisenberg in S. Hong's Breaking Bad- Ozymandias, the recently-premiered operatic version of the acclaimed TV show Breaking Bad. . He was a member of the Puerto Rico Opera Chorus and was a frequent oratorio soloist in the Island. Mr. Pietri-Coimbre also sings professionally with the New York Virtuoso Singers, Musica Sacra, Collegiate Chorale Singers, Bard Festival Singers and The Salvatones Ensemble, among others.
Mr. Pietri-Coimbre studied at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory with Jose Figueroa and Dara Morales, and at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College) in New York with Grigory Kalinovsky and Daniel Phillips. He also studied voice with Bernardo Villalobos and Neil Rosenshein in New York City. At the University of Maryland, he studied Chamber Music with members of the Guarneri String Quartet, and trained in Baroque performance practice in New York with harpsichordist Raymond Erickson at Queens College and violinist Judson Griffin.