Pedreira, José Enrique

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Pedreira was born on 1 February 1904 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began his musical studies at a very early age and upon graduation from high school went to New York City where he began his studying piano and musical composition under maestro Segismundo Stojowski, graduating in 1932.

He then returned to Puerto Rico to open the Academia Pedreira where he taught piano together with his wife. But he also found time to pursue music compositions for piano, violin, cello and choral works.

His compositions won him numerous awards from institutions such as the Ateneo of Puerto Rico (1943), the University of Puerto Rico (1935), the Juiliard School of Music, for his lovely danza: “Tus caricias” in 1946, the Women’s Civic Club of San Juan (1950), and the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, for his danza for piano, entitlred “Siempre”, composed in comemmoration of the birthdate of celebrated danza composer, Juan Morel Campos.

His most noted works were: “Valses de Concierto”, the ballet “Jardín de Piedra”, Piano Concerto, “Elegía India”, “Poema y Souvenir”; all for piano and orchestra and dedicated to his brother-in-law and great violinist, Henry Huthinson (Senior).

Among his best danzas were “Ensueño de Marta”, “Encanto”, “Súplica y Colibrí”.

Pedreira died in 1959. In 1985 he was inducted to the Puerto Rican Danza Composers’ Hall of Fame.