ABOUT THE ARTIST
Praised as a "great artist” (José Feghali, 2013; Cecilia Rodrigo, 2019), pianist and composer Paul Sánchez has concertized in North America and Europe, and has appeared on CBS national television and in radio broadcasts nationwide. Of his recent engagements performing music of Ives and Gershwin for Joseph Horowitz’ Music Unwound: American Roots, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Horowitz stated, “Sanchez’ account of Rhapsody in Blue was original - the most bewitchingly lyric I have ever encountered.”
In a Fanfare Magazine review of Sánchez’ 2016 CD Magus Insipiens, featuring three of Sánchez’ song cycles, Colin Clarke declares, “This is one of the most beautiful discs in my collection…. Haunting in the extreme,” while WFMT’s Henry Fogel, former president of the League of American Orchestras and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, states, “This is hauntingly beautiful music… generously filed with melodic inspiration and evocative atmosphere…. works of originality and a distinctive musical personality.”
Sánchez is an active recording artist with six commercial releases as of 2019, and his compositions have been featured on the Soundset Recordings and Albany labels. Forthcoming CD releases include new works by composers Shawn Okpebholo and David M. Gordon, in collaboration with mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, baritone Will Liverman, and soprano Kayleen Sánchez.
Dr. Sánchez is Director of Piano Studies and the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is a co-founder of the San Francisco International Piano Festival, the Charleston Chamber Music Intensive, and the Dakota Sky Foundation.
Sánchez, a Fulbright fellow from 2005–2007, earned his Master of Spanish Music degree under the legendary Alicia de Larrocha. He studied with Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University, graduating summa cum laude, and with Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.
Sánchez is a New Piano Collective artist.