Interim Piano Faculty
On Faculty since 2012
Office: McAlister Hall 218
DMA, Eastman School of Music
About Paul Sanchez
Pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez performs throughout North America and Europe, and in such festivals as the Barcelona Festival of Song and the Festival Internacional de Piano Reynosa, Mexico. In his appearances with orchestra, he has performed concerti by composers ranging from Bach to Rachmaninov, and has championed rarely played works including Beethoven’s Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80, and Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto Heroico for piano and orchestra. Sánchez has performed educational concerts for children through the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings program, and has appeared on CBS national television and on South Dakota Public Broadcasting television and radio.
Dr. Sánchez is Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. He has taught classes and private piano lessons at the Eastman School of Music, and has presented original research in music cognition at the Eastman–University of Rochester–Cornell Music Cognition Symposium in Rochester, New York. An avid composer, Sánchez’ music has received critical acclaim and has been performed by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Henry Charles Smith, and broadcast by South Dakota Public Broadcasting television and radio.
As the only American concert pianist to have earned a Master of Spanish Music degree under the legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha, Sanchez’ 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 CD recording, Paul Sanchez: In Recital (Athyr Records, 2012), features music by Mompou, Soler, Schumann, and Liszt.
In 2006, Sánchez founded the Dakota Sky Foundation and International Piano Festival. As Founder and Artistic Director, Sánchez’ vision for the Festival has become its mission: to enrich the cultural life of the community through world-class performances both for music-lovers and also for the next generation of listeners; through free educational programs for hundreds of children and adults; and through the innovative Young Artist Program, a venture offering aspiring pianists opportunities to work with artist faculty in an intensive and intimate environment. The Festival now brings over fifty public events to the Sioux Falls community in a two-week period each July and August, consistently featuring artists of the highest artistic and personal quality, and reaching over 5,000 people annually through its live events and broadcasts on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Dakota Sky makes outreach a priority, and in addition to its free programs for children and adults, provides free programs for patients in local healthcare centers.
Dr. Sánchez studied with Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University, graduating summa cum laude, with honors, and receiving the Presser Scholar award for outstanding scholarly and artistic work. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 and earned his Master of Spanish Music degree with Ms. Alicia de Larrocha at the Academia Granados-Marshall in Barcelona, Spain, in 2007. Sanchez was the recipient of the prestigious Max Landow Award for distinction in performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in the studio of Dr. Douglas Humpherys. Sánchez lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife, soprano Kayleen Sánchez.