Dr. Juan Jose Gutierrez
String Ensemble, String Methods, Introduction to Music
Juan José Gutiérrez was born in 1973 in San José Costa Rica. He began playing the cello and composing at age 8. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a bachelor degree in Cello Performance. After graduation he spent the next two years in Portugal as a cellist with the Orquestra do Norte (Orchestra of the North) and with the Quarteto Lusitano (Lusitan Quartet). With these two ensembles Dr. Gutierrez toured all over Portugal and Spain.
In 2000 he came to the U.S.A. to pursue a Master degree in Cello Performance at the Louisiana State University School of Music with professor Dennis Parker, a distinguished cellist, student of the late Janos Starker. Gutiérrez graduated in 2002 and that same year entered the Florida State University college of Music in order to pursue the Doctor of Music degree in cello with Lubomir Georgiev, another Starker student. Doctor Gutiérrez graduated in 2006.
Gutierrez has appeared as a solo artist and chamber musician at venues such as the School of Musical Arts of the University of Costa Rica in San Pedro, Costa Rica, Tulane University at New Orleans, the Georges Enescu Museum in Bucharest, Romania, the Paço dos Duques de Bragança at Guimaraes, Portugal and others.
He lives in Mobile, Alabama, where he works as a cellist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 he joined the faculty at the music department of the University of South Alabama where he teaches String Methods, Strings Ensemble and Introduction to Music.