Praised as “a great artist” (José Feghali, 2013) and for his “virtuosity and poetry” (Vladimir Leyetchkiss, 2013), and appreciated for “his ability to create uniquely evocative atmospheres,” the “irresistible inevitability in his timing... his original and thoughtful interpretations, full of expressive power and poignancy,“ (Adam Golka, 2012), pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez has concertized in North America and Europe, has appeared on CBS national television, and is an active recording artist. His most recent CD release, Steal Away (Yellow Einstein Records, 2014), features music of Shawn Okpebholo in collaboration with vocalists Will Liverman and J’nai Bridges.
Sánchez is the only American concert pianist to earn a Master of Spanish Music degree under Alicia de Larrocha. His research in Spain as a Fulbright Fellow led to the release of a CD, España: Piano Music of Spain (Mundo Arts, 2006). His most recent solo album, Paul Sánchez: In Recital (Athyr Records, 2012), features music by Mompou, Soler, Schumann, and Liszt. An avid composer himself, his music will be featured in two CD releases set for 2016 on the Soundset and Albany labels.
Dr. Sánchez is Director of Piano Studies and Director of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He has also taught at the Baylor University School of Music and at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Sánchez is a frequent adjudicator in piano competitions throughout the United States. In 2006, he co-founded the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, which has since served thousands of listeners and students.
Sánchez studied with Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University, 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.
Photo credit: Jiyang Chen