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 was the arranger and the violin soloist of the highly acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, Double Identity and has collaborated on the Musical Score of Jimmy Roberts’ I Love You You’re Perfect, Now Change. 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, Harrisburg Symphony and a founder of Ensemble America (a group of Latin American musicians residing in New York). 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 and recently 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 on the Suzuki Method has led him to School for Strings of New York, one of the most prestigious internationally, where he studied the method in 1993 and since then he has been a consistent advocate of this method.

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 public schools, in Monterrey, Mexico. 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, which first phase was the implementation of the Suzuki Method. In January 2005 he participated in the XX International Suzuki Festival in Peru, where he obtained his certificate diploma.

From 2001 to 2005 He Collaborated as principal violist and Concertmaster for the Veracruz Youth orchestra, from 2006 to 2009 he was a member of the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra. Recently he was invited by Mtro. José Antonio Abreu to return to the system of orchestras and to implement his teaching method in Venezuela. Nowadays he is a member of the Simón Bolivar Orchestra, and a Professor at the Montalban Children Music Center.

José Gregorio Sánchez Rodríguez is a native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela where he studied under the guidence of Dary Retamoza, Antonio Urea and José Francisco del Castillo under the asupices of the National Youth Orchestra.