2014 Artist Spotlight – Paul Sanchez
Sioux Falls native Dr. Paul Sánchez is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and will be joining the group of seven musicians performing for the Salon Recital on Monday, June 23. Paul will also be teaching for the Young Artist Program, presenting workshops for the South Dakota Music Teacher’s Association Professional Development Conference, as well as helping to administer the Festival. Dr. Sánchez recently took a position serving as Lecturer in Keyboard Studies at the Baylor University School of Music in Texas.
CD releases in 2014 include Oh, Freedom: The Negro Spiritual, Reimagined (Yellow Einstein Records, expected release in 2014), featuring music of Shawn E. Okpebholo and in collaboration with two vocalists from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and The Music of George Morey (expected release in 2014) in collaboration with his wife, Kayleen Sánchez. His musical partnership with Kayleen in a performance of composer David M. Gordon’s piece “Fader, Stilla Våra Andar,” was praised by the composer as “the first perfect performance” of any of his works. Sánchez’ collaborative work has also been featured on CBS national television in the broadcast of a Schubert performance with tenor Scott Piper. Sánchez has also performed educational concerts for children through the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings program in Fort Worth, Texas.
As the only American concert pianist to have earned a Master of Spanish Music degree under the legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha, Sánchez’ specialization in Spanish music has made him one of the foremost exponents in the field, and his expertise is highly sought out in performance and academic settings alike. His research in Spain as a Fulbright Fellow from 2005–2007 led to the release of a CD recording entitled España: Piano Music of Spain from the 19th and 20th Centuries (Mundo Arts, 2006). His lecture-recital entitled The Poetics of Deep Song: Albeniz, Debussy, and Lorca was nominated for the 2012 doctoral lecture recital award at the Eastman School of Music. His most recent solo recording, Paul Sánchez: In Recital (Athyr Records, 2012), features music by Mompou, Soler, Schumann, and Liszt.
See the full salon recital program, and read his full biography, on our 2014 Artists Page.
Below is a 2012 performance at Eastman featuring Dr. Sánchez and former South Dakota Symphony Orchestra principle cellist Maxim Kozlov.