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.
Dr. Moore 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 earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona where he was teaching assistant to Prof. Mark Rush. 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 Bachelors of Music Performance degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where he studied with Dr. Francisco Cabán, Dara Morales and Henry Hutchinson. Dr. Moore currently teaches violin and is the director of orchestras at five schools for the Tucson Unified School District, is the first violinist of the Sheherazade String Quartet, member of the Tucson Pops and Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestras, and Concertmaster of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra.