Dr. José G. Maldonado Suárez

Dr. José G. Maldonado Suárez

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Stony Brook University (May 2016, Classical Guitar Performance)

Master of Arts (MA), Baruch College (May 2023, Arts Administration)

Master of Music (MM), Stony Brook University (May 2011, Classical Guitar Performance)

Bachelor of Music (BM), Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico (May 2009, Classical Guitar Performance)


Dr. José Gabriel Maldonado Suárez is a musician, arts administrator, and educator from Puerto Rico based in New York City. His classical guitar solo and chamber music repertoire spans works of guitar literature from the Renaissance to contemporary music with a strong emphasis on music from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. His doctoral research focused on the Puerto Rican Danza, tracing the genre's origins, its sociopolitical impact, and its role in the struggle for Puerto Rican decolonization.

As an arts administrator, Dr. Maldonado Suárez curates classical music presentations and events that celebrate Latine and Caribbean music manifestations. His Caribbean-focused repertoire and demonstrated passion for teaching have earned him invitations to perform and present lectures and master classes at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Marshall University, Middlebury College, Columbia University, and the Long Island Guitar Festival, among others. Additionally, he was selected to join the 2023 inaugural cohort of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) Mentorship Program.

Dr. Maldonado Suárez is the Director of Guitar Studies at Bloomingdale School of Music and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at John Jay College, the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Maldonado Suárez holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from Stony Brook University and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MA) degree from Baruch College, CUNY.








JJC Affiliations

Department of Art & Music

Course Taught

MUS 101 - Introduction to Music

MUS 140 - Introduction to Guitar

Languages spoken/fluent in

Español & English
Online Presence
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