Biography and Reviews


Recognized for the beauty of his tone, Mr. Cueto performs worldwide as chamber musician and guest soloist with orchestras. His recordings with orchestra include Gladness of Heart, performing the Menotti Violin Concerto with Concert Artists of Baltimore conducted by Edward Polochick (Sonora label) and Two Italian Violin Concerti - featuring Violin Concertos by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Ottorino Respighi, in addition to his own violin solo and string orchestra arrangement of the song La rosa y el sauce by Carlos Guastavino, with Vladimir Lande conducting the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Marquis label.) A featured guest artist in major music festivals in North America, Puerto Rico, France, and Italy, recent tours include Hungary, Slovakia, China, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Russia.  Mr. Cueto is Concert Master of Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Festival Orchestra. He teaches for the Road’s Scholar program at Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute and the Catholic University of America String Department. He has also served as Artist in Residence and Chair of Strings at St. Mary’s College of Maryland through the present.  While pursuing his studies at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, he performed with Ruggiero Ricci and his teacher Berl Senofsky in the “Masters of Today and Tomorrow” series. He has also shared the stage with cellist Steven Kates, harp virtuoso Nicanor Zabaleta, clarinetist Gervase de Peyer, pianists Leon Fleisher, Jesus Maria Sanromá, and Nancy Roldán, with whom he has toured and recorded extensively.  José Cueto plays a 1920 Stefano Scarampella, and a 2006 Luiz Bellini violin.


“If one wanted bravura, Cueto brought it in spades. With a rich vibrato and seamlessly brilliant technique, Cueto never hesitated to give it full reign.”  
The Washington Post

“Cueto made an impressive interpretation … poetic sweep, with flashes of fire … [his} tone is sheer delight.”  
The Capital, Maryland


Chamber music has been a constant in Mr. Cueto’s musical life.  He has performed in ensembles such as Pentad, Trio Americas, The Kennedy Center Chamber Players, the Casals Festival, and Autunno Musicale Veronese.  The Cueto- Roldán DUO collaborative performances have been praised as “ ... full blooded, ... superb, ... and ... exciting.”  Appearing in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Argentina, the duo interprets traditional violin-piano repertory as well as chamber and duo music by contemporary composers,  the ensemble has premiered several works by composers of the Americas and Spain. Recordings include On Wings of Angels, an audience favorite featuring solo and violin-piano selections for the heart. Remembrance, the duo’s latest soundtrack, is a collection of compositions recorded live during performance on several venues. Additional chamber music collaborations may be heard in Celebrations: Music of Thomas Benjamin, and Music of the New World, recorded by Trio Americas. The duo has been heard most recently in Tango recitals in Denver - Colorado,  and in several venues in Maryland, including Music at Buckingham’s Choice,  the St. Mary’s College Artist Series,  Notre Dame of Maryland Concert Series, and the Hood College Summer Concert series. Festival performances include the 2010 Great Romantics Festival in Canada and several American Liszt Society (ALS) festivals, including the ALS  “50th anniversary celebration” at James Madison University (2014), and Liszt-Garrison International Festivals since 2009 at Notre Dame of Maryland University. In October 2015 the duo performs the premiere of Magyar Combo dedicated to the duo by American composer Andrew Gerle.  Cueto-Roldán have recently recorded a new CD -  Piazzolla: Here & Now - for the Centaur Label.


~ Strad Magazine hailed the duo’s debut at Carnegie-Weill Hall as “grounded and confident” adding … “Cueto and Roldán are a powerful and well balanced combination … easy rhythmic energy and fine ensemble playing … superb in all particulars.”

~ “The Cueto-Roldán duo makes an impression foremost with its large and luxurious tone … The evening was an impressive display of full blooded music making.”

~  “… a noble interpretation, each one with mastery, and both in perfect communication to shape each musical idea. [Their] wonderful innate musicality creates an expressive, stirring performance.”
Carlos Guastavino, ARGENTINE COMPOSER (Personal Letter)

~ … “Poetic was the word at the start of Thursday’s Liszt-Garrison concert with the darkly reflective “La lugubre gondola,” in an arrangement played with great sensitivity by violinist José Cueto and pianist Nancy Roldán.”
Tim Smith, THE BALTIMORE SUN, Maryland

~ … “Cueto and Roldán made a vivid impression ... left a profound effect.”