Pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez has performed in solo recital 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 had the opportunity to perform some 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
Paul Sánchez is Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the Wheaton College
Conservatory of Music. He has taught classes and lessons at the Eastman School
of Music, and has performed educational concerts for children through the Van
Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings program. He 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 been performed by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
under the direction of Maestro Henry Charles Smith. Sánchez has appeared on
CBS national television and on South Dakota Public Broadcasting television and
radio. Sánchez is the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Dakota Sky
International Piano Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, now in its sixth season.
The Festival offers world-class concerts and educational opportunities for all
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 musical 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’ CD recording entitled España: Piano Music of Spain from the 19th and
20th Centuries, was released by the Mundo Arts label in July of 2006. Sanchez is
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 degree and is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts
degree in the studio of Dr. Douglas Humpherys.
Sánchez lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife, soprano Kayleen Sánchez.