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Sancho Sánchez

Clarinet professor

High School of Music Forum Musikae


Sancho Sánchez was born in Madrid. He began his musical studies with his father at the age of 6, who instilled in him an immense love of music as a child. At the age of thirteen, he entered the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid as an official student, finishing his higher studies in Clarinet and Chamber Music at the age of 18 with the great maestro Vicente Peñarrocha, with brilliant grades throughout the career and obtaining the Title of Superior Clarinet Professor.

His subsequent training is based on the completion of advanced studies with spanish clarinetists: Toni Goig, Ramón Barona, Miguel Espejo, José Antonio Tomás, Enrique Pérez, Justo Sanz, José Luís Estellés, Joan Enric Lluna, and european clarinetists: Juliam Farrell, Angela Malsbury, Antony Pay (U.K.), Guy Deplus, Michel Arrignon, Jean Louis Sajot, Silvie Hue (France), Henri Bok, (Holland) Hedwig Swimbergue, Walter Woeykens (Belgium), Yehuda Yilad (USA), etc. Each of whom brings wisdom and technique to his extensive training. He was also awarded a scholarship in 1992 as a member of the wind quintet of the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid to take the European Chamber Music Course “Stage” in Torrebonica (Barcelona) where he received classes from the prestigious English wind quintet “Albion”.

At the age of 16, he won the position of Principal Clarinet for the Professional Music Band of the Parque de Atracciones de Madrid, at 17, won the position of principal clarinet of the Community of Madrid Student Symphony Orchestra (current Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid), as a founding member. At 21 she obtained a teaching position at the Open Classroom of the Community of Madrid. Shortly after he was placed on the list of Reserve Clarinet of the Youth Orchestra of the European Union. He also holds final auditions for the World Orchestra of Musical Youths. In 1999 he won the National Casting as Professional Clarinet Soloist at Universal’s Studios Port Aventura Theme Park. He has made recordings for Telemadrid, TVE and RNE (Radio Clásica), Intereconomía. His appearances on various television music programs are frequent.

He has played at the Teatro Monumental, Symphonic hall and Chamber Music Hall of Madrid National Auditorium, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Auditorio Conde Duque, Teatro

Arniches (within the contemporary music festival of Alicante), Teatro de la Laboral (Gijón) in most of the theaters throughout Spain and in concert halls of international prestige, such as Tivoli (Copenhagen), Nantes Conference Center, Braganza Municipal Theater (Portugal), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Philharmonie (Berlin), Bastille Opera (Paris) , Orchestra Hall of the Symphony Center (Chicago), Metropolitan Opera (New York), etc. He is a Finalist of the III International Clarinet Competition “Villa de Montroy”.

He has held final auditions for the Orchestre Philarmonique de la Loire, Orchestre Philarmonique de Liège, Orchestre National de la Opera de Paris, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (New York).

He has collaborated as a Piccolo E Flat Clarinet, Bass clarinet and also as a soloist with prestigious national and international groups such as: Spain Philharmonic Orchestra, Sax Ensemble, Madrid International Orchestra, Cluj Philharmonic Orchestra, Transylvania Symphony Orchestra, Targu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of the Romanian Opera, Metropolitan Orchestra, Suite Iberica Symphony Orchestra, European

Symphony Orchestra of the Mediterranean, Symphony Orchestra of Europe, Transilvania Festival Orchestra, Municipal Symphony Band of Madrid, Philharmonic Orchestra of Valencia, Ensemble Orchestra Europeae of concerts, etc, sharing the stage with artists the likes of Pilar Jurado, Montserrat Martí, Montserrat Caballé, Ana Belén, Luís Cobos, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Ainoha Arteta, Diana Navarro, Alberto Cortez, Mónica Naranjo, Ana Torroja, Cristina Pato, playing in tribute to Plácido Domingo with occasion of his 70th birthday.

His teaching work is as important as the performing one. Since 2003 he has been a professor at the Professional Conservatories of Alcalá de Henares, Getafe, “CIEA Federico Moreno Torroba”, Victoria de los Ángeles, Arturo Soria, Majadahonda, Teresa Berganza and is currently a professor at the CPM of Amaniel (Madrid). He is also invited by the Polytechnic University of Madrid to give conferences on the world of the clarinet. He has been a professor at the Ponferrada, Salamanca and Ávila Conservatories. From 2014 to 2017 he taught the Yamaha-Hazen course in Las Rozas (Madrid). From 2018 to 2020 he was the Clarinet Professor of the International Music Course “Ciudad de Águilas” (Murcia). Since 2021 he is the tenured Clarinet professor of the Ameropa Music International Course, held annually in Prague (Czech Republic), whose teachers come from different European countries, as well as the USA and Israel.

As a soloist, he has performed Weber concertos with the Espinar Municipal Band and the Mozart Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra whit CIEM Torroba Orchestra. He debuted as a soloist at the National Auditorium in Madrid with the interpretation of the 1st Concert by Óscar Navarro for Clarinet and Symphonic Band together with the award-winning Joaquín Turina Symphonic Band (110 members), in the Symphony Hall in 2008, obtaining a great success of the public present.

In April 2011 he was invited by the Chicago Symphony to audition for Principal Clarinet at the Orchestra Hall of the Chicago Symphony Center (USA) and in 2013 and 2016 he has performed Principal at the Metropolitan Opera Hause in New York.

From 2012 to 2015 he held, by competition, the position of teacher of clarinet at the Superior Conservatory of the Principality of Asturias (Oviedo). From 2008 to 2012 he was Principal Clarinet of the Intereconomía Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Clarinet of the prestigious European Concert Orchestra and soloist of the company “Antología de la Zarzuela”, solo clarinet of the Madrid International Orchestra and component of the Lecuona Duo for clarinet and piano together with the international pianist José Luís Fajardo. In 2015 he is part of the international jury of the International Music Competition “The Night in Madrid”.

In 2018 he represented Spain in Hamburg (Germany) at the first European Congress of Yamaha Clarinetists, where the most representative european clarinetists of this brand gathered.

In March 2023 he will spend a week teaching classes and playing with different teachers at the High Conservatory of Music of Perugia (Italy). He has been invited to give a Master Class at the Academy of Music and Dance of Jerusalem (Israel) for the 2024 season. He has projects in Iceland, as well as playing a concerto for clarinet and orchestra with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) in 2024.

Since 2003 he has actively participated in the National and International Congresses that are held biennially in Madrid.

Sancho Sánchez is also a researcher around the Spanish Clarinet School. Proof of this is that in 2021 he brilliantly completed the Master’s Degree in Musical Research at the International University of La Rioja, whose Master’s Thesis was “The Influence of Vicente Peñarrocha on the current Spanish Clarinet School”. He plans to do a PhD in the coming years on this very topic.

In 2024, the prestigious Spanish composer Zulema de la Cruz will compose her third

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra “Camino al Horizonte” which she will dedicate and premiere to her.

Sancho Sánchez has an advanced level of Catalan and English, elementary in French and is currently doing elementary studies in Italian and German.

He is a Yamaha-Spain artist and plays with a Custom CSG III model.

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