Paul Sánchez

Assistant Professor, Piano/Director of Piano Studies

Address: Cato Center, Room 237
Phone: 843.953.6058
Personal Website:

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 and his way of
hypnotizing listeners with an irresistible inevitability in his timing... his original and thoughtful
interpretations which are full of expressive power and poignancy,“ (Adam Golka, 2012), pianist Paul
Tuntland Sánchez has concertized in North America and Europe. His appearances with orchestra have
included works from the Baroque to the 20th century, and he has had the pleasure of performing rarely
played works such as Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80.

In 2014, Sánchez was featured on the CD Okpebholo: Steal Away (Yellow Einstein Records). Dr. Eugene
Simpson, Curator of the Hall Johnson Collection of Spirituals at the Smithsonian Museum of African
American History and Culture, states in a review of Okpebholo: Steal Away, which features music by
composer Shawn E. Okpebholo and collaborations between baritone Will Liverman, mezzo-soprano J’nai
Bridges, and Paul Sanchez, “The pianist, Paul Tuntland Sanchez delivers an impeccable performance...
as an equal chamber player.” 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.” Sánchez’
collaborative work has also been featured on CBS national television in the broadcast of a Schubert
performance with tenor Scott Piper. Sánchez has also performed educational concerts for children
through the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings program in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sánchez is praised not only for his musicianship, but also for the breadth and quality of his musical
activities: “Paul Sánchez is that rare combination of inspiring performer, insightful teacher and
resourceful entrepreneur” (Delta David Gier, Music Director, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra).
“[Sánchez] engages with you completely and effortlessly, and you are captivated by his generosity and
sincerity. Then you see him teach, and you wish you were that lucky student. And when you hear him
perform, you witness all these aspects come together, for his performances reveal the artistry, integrity,
and warmth that are the essence of Paul Sánchez” (Tony Caramia, Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies,
Eastman School of Music).

Sánchez is the only American concert pianist to have earned a Master of Spanish Music degree under
the legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha. 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 solo recording, Paul Sánchez: In Recital (Athyr Records, 2012), features music by Mompou,
Soler, Schumann, and Liszt.

Courses Taught

MUSC 121 - Class Piano I
MUSC 122 - Class Piano II
MUSC 298 - Repertory Class: Piano
MUSC 355 - Chamber Music
MUSP 212 - Applied Music: Piano
MUSP 412 - Applied Music: Piano