Paul Sánchez

Associate Professor, Piano/Director of Piano Studies

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

GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer Paul Sánchez has been praised as a “great artist” (José Feghali; Cecilia Rodrigo), “the ideal interpreter… performing with clear virtuosity” (Fanfare Magazine), for his “clarity, sensitivity” (The New Yorker), and “prodigious technical capacities” (The Rehearsal Studio).


Sánchez is a recording artist with ten CD releases as of 2022. His compositions have been recorded to critical acclaim: “This is hauntingly beautiful music… generously filled with melodic inspiration and evocative atmosphere….  works of originality and a distinctive musical personality” (Henry Fogel, Fanfare Magazine); “…one of the most beautiful discs in my collection…. Haunting in the extreme” (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine). Recent releases include Dreams of a New Day with baritone Will Liverman (Cedille Records), which was BBC Music Magazine’s “Album of the Month” and reached number 1 on Billboard’s “Traditional Classical Albums” chart; Seria Ludo - Piano Music by Graham Lynch (Divine Art Records); and Mysteria Fidei (Innova Records) with his wife, soprano Kayleen Sánchez, as the duo Far Song, performing new music of David M. Gordon. His live recordings of songs by Charles Ives, with William Sharp, are featured in the film “Charles Ives’ America” (Naxos Records).


Sánchez is Director of Piano Studies at the College of Charleston. He is a co-founder of the San Francisco International Piano Festival. He studied with Tamás Ungár; with Maria Teresa Monteys and Alicia de Larrocha, as a Fulbright fellow; and with Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. 


Sánchez is a Steinway Artist.


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