Mr. Jose Gregorio Sanchez

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

A Juilliard graduate, José Gregorio Sánchez Rodríguez has appeared in recital and concert across North, Central and South America and abroad. As a chamber musician, he has performed in Alice Tully Hall and C. Michael Paul Hall in The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. José has collaborated on the Musical Score of Jimmy Roberts’ I Love You You’re Perfect, Now Change, a highly acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, Double Identity. In the realm of documentary film Jose has arranged and perform music by Juan Pepe Santana for Methods of Land Cultivation in Honduras (Quiet Revolution Productions). He is a multifaceted performer appearing with such distinguished artists as John Secada in the MTV video Es por ti in benefit concert with Ray Charles and with Lyle Lovett on the well known american TV program CBS This Morning.

He studied with Margaret Pardee, Dorothy de Lay and Masao Kawasaki, and chamber music with Joseph Gingold, Steven Clapp and Lilian Fuchs. Participated in the summer festivals of Evian (France) with the Juilliard Orchestra and Spoletto (Italy) where he had the opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Menuhin and Rostropovich. He has been part of Alabama Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, Xalapa Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony. He has been part of the first generation of the Simon Bolivar symphony orchestra under the direction of Mtro. José Antonio Abreu with which he toured Europe and South America in 1986. 

As a soloist, chamber musician and cuatrist Mr. Sánchez has performed in venues such as Town Hall, City Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Paul Hall of the Juilliard School, the Museum of Modern Art, with the Juilliard Ensemble, the United Nations with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, in Monterrey Nuevo Leon and in Mexico City with the ‘’Tamayo Quartet’’.

In New York he collaborated with artists of diverse types of genre such as Berry Harris, Ray Charles, Mac Coy Tyner (in a series of concerts in Blue Note) and with Lyle Lovett ‘’ in CBS This Morning” (an American television show). He worked as an advisor and musician of diverse musicals of Broadway such as “Double Identity”, “I love you you are perfect, now change” and “Cape Man”, this last one with Rubén Blades.

His interest in the Suzuki Method led him to The School for Strings of New York, a prestigious international program, where he studied in 1993. Mr. Sanchez furthered his education in the method and received his Suzuki Violin Certificate Diplomas from the Suzuki International Festival in Lima, Peru and the Temple Music Prep Program in Philadelphia. He is a consistent advocate of the Suzuki philosophy and approach to teaching and loves the spirit of community and engagement that the Suzuki method offers families and instructors.

In the administrative field he has worked in Mind Builders Creative Arts Center where for two years was the Music Department Director. He has offered courses in New York, Philadelphia, Monterrey, Mazatlan, Xalapa, Caracas, Boca del Rio and New Jersey. In the year 2001 he was invited to join the faculty of the Instituto Superior de Musica del Estado de Veracruz and the University of Veracruz as a viola and violin Professor. And in 2004 he founded the Children Orchestra of the ISMEV.

In 2009 he was invited by Mtro. José Antonio Abreu to return to the system of orchestras and to implement his teaching method in Venezuela. At that time he was a member of the Simón Bolivar Orchestra, and a Professor at the Montalban Children Music Center.

From the years 2010 to 2012 Jose worked as a Teacher Artist to the El Sitema inspired programs “Tune Up Philly” and “Play On Philly” Both founded and directed by Stanford Thompson in Philadelphia.

In 2012 Jose founded “A Tocar Mazatlan” and recently “A Tocar Cuerdas”, both El Sistema inspired programs.

Now a days Mr Sanchez is part of the faculty of both the Westmisnter Conservatory and The Trenton Music Makers, an after school program inspired in el sistema.

José Gregorio Sánchez Rodríguez is a native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela where he studied under the guidence of Frank Dipolo, Antonio Urea, Dary Retamoza and José Francisco del Castillo under the auspices of the National Youth Orchestra which is now El Sistema.