Hailed by The Monitor as an “impassioned performer,” Puerto Rican violist Joel Pagán enjoys a multi-faceted career as a concert artist and educator. An active chamber and solo recitalist, Pagán has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Canada, Bolivia, Italy, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Brazil in addition to being featured in the Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival in 2014, 2018 and 2021. Pagán has performed in various international festivals such as the Brevard Music Center Festival, FOSJA/Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, Meadowmount School of Music, Schlern International Music Festival, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Institute at UNL, Festival Internacional de Música de la Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da UFG, UNB Encontro de Cordas, International Adventist Youth Festival, Banff Centre, Killington Music Festival and the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico festival among others.
He has also presented master-classes and workshops at the National Conservatory of Bolivia, Middle Tennessee State University, University of California Santa Cruz, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, UNADECA, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Universidade de Brasil, Andrews University, Texas State University at San Marcos, University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Conservatorio de Música del Estado de Puebla, MX and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico among others.
As a soloist with orchestras, he has appeared with the Valley Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, Monterey Bay Sinfonietta, UTPA Symphony, UTRGV Symphony, Sam Houston State University Symphony, Puerto Rico Conservatory Symphony, Andrews University Symphony and the Conservatorio de Música del Estado de Puebla Symphony.
As an orchestral musician, Joel has performed in the violin and viola sections of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Puerto Rico Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Pagán has also appeared with the Youth Symphony of the Americas, Midland Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, and Valley Symphony as principal violist.
Having studied with Robert Dan, I Fu Wang, Alan Bodman, José Figueroa, Ann Setzer, and Sally Thomas, Pagán holds degrees from Michigan State University, University of Akron, and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.
Currently, Pagán is Professor of Viola at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, faculty and director of the PUCPR String Summer Festival and principal viola of the Laredo Philharmonic.