Daniel Andress Sanchez is a pianist, composer, and educator, whose primary musical practices are in contemporary electro-acoustic jazz, chamber music, glitch and electronic music. As a young musician at the age of 18, he was directing his first jazz combo and performing professionally, and as a bandleader and collaborator, he has worked with numerous ensembles experimenting across genres all over southern California. Within San Diego, he has opened for musicians as diverse as Charlie Hunter, Steve Smith, and OK GO. He has since collaborated with artists in dance, film, computer music, and pop from Los Angeles to San Diego. In 2009 he was awarded The Jazz Society of Lower Southern California Award for contribution to the University of California San Diego Jazz Department, and in 2010 he received The Cheatham Prize for jazz performance, theory, and composition. He was twice been awarded the acclaimed Stout Merit Scholarship for outstanding academic performance. Before graduating, the music department at UCSD awarded him the Bertram Turetzky Award for exceptional musical participation and outreach by a performer. He works with schools in Culver City, Los Angeles, La Puente, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, and Fontana as a piano instructor. He is also the keyboardist for Latin Grammy Award winning singer Ana Barbara.
Bachelor or Arts, Music, University of California San Diego
Masters of Fine Arts, Music, University of California Irvine