Born in Entre Ríos, Argentina, Julio began his music studies at the age of 5. He dedicated more than 10 years to popular music as a keyboardist and pianist, embracing different genres of music such as Jazz, Rock/Pop, Latin and Argentine music. His musical activities include diverse areas such as session musician, composer, arranger, producer, as well as teaching in public and private institutions. He also has performed with several international musicians such as Paquito D’Rivera, Greg Haynes, Sandoval Moreno de Oliveira, Joel Frisch, José Dávila, Thomas McCutchen and Nilsinho Amarante.
Julio is a graduate of Universidad National del Litoral (UNL) (Santa Fe, Argentina), where he earned a degree in classical piano. Following this, he attended the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), earning the Master Certificate in Arranging and Orchestration. During this time, he received the Herbie Hancock Celebrity Scholarship in recognition of his academic achievement. He also attended the Summer Programs at Berklee and studied piano with Neil Olmstead, Russell Hoffmann, Kevin Harris, Robert Christopherson, Utar Artun, Leo Blanco and Vladan Milenkovic. In 2019, he earned a Master of Music in Music Production at Berklee College of Music where he studied under Susan Rogers, John Storyk, Sean Slade, David Bendeth and Prince Charles Alexander.
Julio served as the piano accompanist for the Choral Institute of Santa Fe School of Music (2013-2017). In addition, he worked in the piano department teaching Applied Piano and Collaborative Piano. He served as Director of the School Extension Department (2014-2018) for UNL and taught seminars in popular music, improvisation, jazz, rock, pop, arranging and production. Since 2015, Julio was the pianist for the “Santa Fe Jazz Ensemble” Big Band, and the group “Picante Latin Jazz.” Julio worked as visiting assistant professor in the Music Department of Jacksonville State University teaching class piano, applied piano lessons, Latin American musical styles, and intro to music production. Additionally, working as accompanist for the JSU Civic Chorale, the JSU Chamber Singers and the JSU Opera Theatre. Currently, he works at Gadsden State Community College (Gadsden, AL) as an adjunct professor.
Argentinean-born pianist, Dr. Marcelo Lian has been prize-winner in several piano competitions as well as the recipient of scholarships in his native country and the U.S.
Marcelo’s appearances in solo recitals include presentations at the Teatro Colon during the Martha Argerich Festival in 2002, a recital in California playing on Vladimir Horowitz’ legendary piano, and a Carnegie Weill Hall debut in 1998 thanks to the support and encouragement of his mentor Dr. Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi.
In 2013, Marcelo earned his doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the guidance of Dr. Paul Barnes. Dr. Lian served as artist-in-residence at Linfield College (OR), and visiting artist at Kansas State University, McPherson College (KS), Nyack College (NY), New England Conservatory (MA), Southwest Baptist University (MO), Wayland Baptist University (TX) amongst others. During summers, Marcelo is on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Dr. Lian founded “Pianists of the Americas,” a new festival in Portland (OR). He also published an article on “Clavier Companion” on a topic related to teaching strategies, which is one of his passions.
Invited by the National University of Litoral, Dr. Lian recently performed and taught master classes in Argentina (Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, and Cordoba) appearing in both solo and chamber music recitals, collaborating with violinist Mason Hangen.
Last February, Dr. Lian was a guest artist at the Multipiano Fest, at the National Conservatory of Puerto Rico, where he performed and taught master classes.
Upcoming engagements include performances in Texas and New York.
For more than two decades, pianist Luis Sanchez has maintained an active career as soloist, collaborative artist and teacher. He has appeared in concerts in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. He is currently a professor of piano and head of keyboard studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Sanchez joined the Steinway Artist Roster in 2012.
Luis Sanchez has presented recitals and master classes at Steinway Hall in London, Birmingham Conservatoire (UK), Sala delle Muse at the Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari, Italy), Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agnone (Rome, Italy), National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan), the Grieg Academy (Bergen, Norway), the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo, Norway), Hangyang University (Seoul, South Korea), the Piano Concert Series International (Louisiana), and throughout the United States. He has also been featured soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain (Dallas), The Texarkana Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble.
Luis Sanchez enjoys a successful teaching career. Current and former students have been recipients of prizes at national and state competitions, including the Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Contest, the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, the Muncie Symphony Junior Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical Club Young Artist Competition in San Antonio, and The UT Arlington Competition Festival, among others. Additionally, his students have been accepted at numerous summer programs including Piano Texas, Chautauqua Piano Program, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, International Masterclasses and Festival in Moulin d’Ande (France). He thoroughly enjoys teaching a diverse group of students from different corners of the United States as well as from Venezuela, Colombia, China, Bulgaria, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Colombia and South Korea. Since 2014, he frequently joins the faculty of InterHarmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy.
Born in Argentina, Dr. Sanchez holds degrees from the National Conservatory of Music “Carlos López Buchardo” and Ball State University. His teachers include Ana Litovsky-Grunwald, Graciela Beretervide, Robert Palmer and Rebecca Penneys.
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30pm
Music Building, Finney Concert Hall
1614 State Highway 24, Commerce, TX 75428