ABOUT THE ARTIST
Praised as “a great artist” (José Feghali, 2013) and for his “virtuosity and poetry” (Vladimir Leyetchkiss, 2013), pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez has concertized in North America and Europe, and has appeared on CBS national television and in radio broadcasts nationwide. Sánchez, who lived in Barcelona from 2005–2007 as a Fulbright fellow, is the only American concert pianist to have earned a Master of Spanish Music degree under the legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha.
An active recording artist featured in six commercial releases as of 2017, he is also an avid composer, and his works have been featured on the Soundset Recordings and Albany labels. Sherod Santos, American poet and translator of the Sappho texts in Sánchez’ song cycle “The journey,” describes Sánchez’ composition as “a magnificent achievement, a work of great innovation and hypnotic effect, impossible to walk away from unmoved.”
His musical partnership with his wife Kayleen Sanchez in a performance of composer David M. Gordon’s piece “Fader, Stilla Våra Andar,” was praised by the composer as “both deeply moving and extraordinarily precise. I couldn’t have asked for a better rendition.”
Dr. Sánchez currently serves as 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. He is a frequent adjudicator in piano competitions throughout the United States, and is the co-founder of the Dakota Sky Academy.
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.