Born in Madrid, Héctor J. Sánchez’s performance career has brought him to Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Great Britain, the United States, Mexico and Canada, and it includes appearances with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, the Gijon Symphony Orchestra, the Spaniard Orchestra, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, and the Yale Philarmonia, as well as with the Andres Segovia, Cayuga, and Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestras, among others. In Spain, he has performed solo recitals in most major cities, appearing at some important venues such as the Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid or the Palacio de Festivales in Santander. Several of his performances have been nationally broadcasted by the RNE Radio of Spain, WNYC Public Radio in New York, and the CBC Radio in Canada. He has also been involved with important festivals in the United States (Norfolk, Music Academy of the West), Italy (Meranofest) and Spain (Santander, Deiá, Segovia, Gijón, Salamanca, and ORTVE in Madrid). A recipient of several prizes and distinctions, his first prize at the “Olga Koussevitzky” International Piano Competition prompted his debut at Carnegie Hall, NY, which was met by very favorable reviews. He has recently published his first recording, dedicated to the chamber music works by Spanish composer Juan José Colomer, together with the Cuarteto Bretón. As a chamber musician, Mr. Sánchez performs regularly with his wife and violinist, Dobrochna Banaszkiewicz, in Spain and Poland.
Héctor J. Sánchez began his musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, where he completed his Bachelor of Music with honors. He then traveled to the United States, under a Fulbright scholarship, to study with Professor Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, where he earned the Master of Music, Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. After his return to Spain, he also studied with Professor Galina Egiazarova at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. In addition, he has played in master classes taught by Alicia de Larrocha, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, Peter Frankl, Ferenc Rados, Claude Frank, Dmitri Bashkirov, and the Tokyo String Quartet.
At present, he is Professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Music in Salamanca (Spain). He has also been professor and piano accompanist at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid), professor of piano at several summer music workshops in Spain and Rumania, and has conducted piano master classes in the US (University of Massachusetts, Colorado, Caldwell and Amherst College) and Mexico (Universidad de Veracruz). Concurrently, Héctor has collaborated regularly as translator for the Spanish musicological publication “Quodlibet”, and has recently issued the Spanish translation of “Notes from the Pianist’s Bench”, the acclaimed book on piano pedagogy written by his teacher, Boris Berman. He is also director of an annual lecture series on music appreciation in Madrid.