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Hector Sanchez

Born in Madrid, Hector J. Sanchez is one of Spain’s most promising young artists. Mr. Sanchez’s performance career has brought him to Italy, Germany, Poland, the United States and Canada, and it includes appearances with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, the Gijon Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Philarmonia. In Spain, he has performed solo recitals in most major cities. The Spanish newspaper El Diario de Valladolid praised him recently for his “…smooth technique and great versatility, a beautiful sound with a full sense of rubato…” Several of his performances were broadcasted by the RNE Radio of Spain. Between 1994 and 2000, Mr. Sanchez lived in the United States of America. During this time he appeared as a soloist in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Colorado and California, and was invited to play a recital in Ottawa, Canada, which was nationally broadcasted by CBC Radio. As a chamber musician, Mr. Sanchez has been involved with important Music Festivals such as the Norfolk Chamber Music Summer Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Academia de Musica de Santander in Spain.


 After winning first prize at the 2000 45th Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Piano, Mr. Sanchez presented his New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Other honors include third prize at the IX International Piano Competition “Ciudad De Ferrol,” first prize at the 1994 National Piano Competition “Nueva Acropolis” and second prize in the XI National Piano Competition “Marisa Montiel.”

Mr. Sanchez, who has recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale University, began his musical studies with professors Almudena Cano and Julia Diaz Yanes. After completing his Bachelor of Music at the Real Conservatorio de Musica de Madrid, he went to study with Professor Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music, Artist Diploma and Master of Musical Arts degrees. Mr. Sanchez continued to study with Professor Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music, NY, and with Professor Galina Egiazarova at the Escuela Superior de Musica “Reina Sofia” in Madrid. Finally, Mr. Sanchez returned in 2004 to Yale University to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. In addition, he has participated in Master classes taught by Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, Peter Frankl, Jerome Lowenthal and Jan Wijn. He also studied during the summer of 1999 with William Wolfram at the Colorado Summer Music Festival, and during the summer of 2000 with Lev Natochenny at Meranofest, Italy.

At present, Mr. Sanchez lives in Madrid, where he works as professor and piano accompanist at the Escuela Superior de Musica “Reina Sofia.” He is also Professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Salamanca, and director of an annual lecture series on music appreciation in Madrid. He frequently collaborates with the Spanish magazine of musicology “Quodlibet” as a translator.

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