• Biography

    Kristofer Sanz, Conductor

    KRISTOFER SANZ has matured as a vibrant and talented conductor whose energy and fervor for music have allowed him to achieve a passionate, mature and musical sound with any ensemble he has conducted. Mr. Sanz recently has been praised for his modern and adventurous interpretations, as well as his contemporary and interactive concert presentations. He is the Music Director and Philharmonic conductor for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras program that rehearses and performs at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. Under Mr. Sanz’s baton the Philharmonic is quickly becoming known for their highly musical, moving, and nuanced interpretations of a wide range of works from all genres—including orchestral works, dance, and opera.

     

    Mr. Sanz strongly believes in exposing orchestras and audiences to new works by living composers while programming works from the time honored classical canon. In May 2014 he performed the US premiere of Ilan Eshkeri’s Stardust Suite. In March 2016 he conducted the Philharmonic in his own arrangement of The Ring of the Nibelung by Wagner. Teaming up with narrator, Greg Jukes, the Philharmonic presented a 45-minute orchestral journey—with narration—that encompassed themes from Wagner’s Ring Cycle. This special arrangement was conceived to honor MCYO’s seventieth birthday celebration. In March 2017, Kristofer presented the DC premier of Tolga Kashif's lush and decadent Queen Symphony, an orchestral homage to Freddie Mercury and QUEEN for large orchestra and choir. In 2019 Mr. Sanz presented the US Premier of Pablo Manavello's orchestral suite "El Camino de Santiago llega a ti," a passionate and expressive work describing the pilgrimage of "The Way of Saint James." In 2019, Mr. Sanz also worked with Black Violin on their concert tour combining a 90 piece classical orchestra with Hip Hop violin/viola, vocals, and DJ.

     

    Mr. Sanz is a founding member and Music Director / Conductor for Young Artists of America (YAA) at Strathmore, a non-profit organization founded to provide aspiring and talented young artists with exceptional opportunities to perform with—and be mentored by—professional artists and educators in fully orchestrated performances. In March 2017, Kristofer worked with Academy Award winning lyricist Tim Rice and Broadway star Adam Pascale to present a world premier concert "The Circle of Life:" The Songs of Tim Rice. In March 2016 he worked with Broadway composer, Stephen Schwartz, and YAA to present his orchestrated version of Children of Eden at Strathmore. In March 2014 Mr. Sanz worked side by side with three-time Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, to present his fully orchestrated song cycle Songs for a New World. YAA is an Affiliate of Strathmore, and resides at The Music Center at Strathmore.

     

     

  • Music Director

    Young Artists of America at Strathmore, Inc. is an organization that was founded to provide aspiring and talented young musicians with exceptional opportunities to study, rehearse and perform with and be mentored by professional artists and educators in fully orchestrated performances.

    www.mcyo.org

    Music Director, Philharmonic Conductor

    The mission of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore is to nurture, develop and advance young talented musicians in a quality orchestral program.

  • Media

    A. Bruckner, Symphony no. 4 (excerpts)

    MCYO Philharmonic

    Music Center at Strathmore

    P. Manavello, "El Camino de Santiago llega a ti"

    MCYO Philharmonic

    Music Center at Strathmore

    Tolga Kashif's Queen Symphony, (excerpts)

    Philharmonic, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras

    R. Wagner, "Prelude and Liebstod" from Tristan and Isolde

    MCYO Philharmonic

    Music Center at Strathmore

    J. Offenbach, Overture to "Orphee aux Enfers"

    MCYO Philharmonic

    Music Center at Strathmore

    Richard Wagner/arr. Sanz,

    The Ring of the Nibelung, an Orchestral Journey.

    Philharmonic, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras

    P. Tchaikovsky, Suite from "Sleeping Beauty"

    MCYO Philharmonic

    Music Center at Strathmore

    Dimitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, excerpt

    MCYO in concert, The Music Center at Strathmore

    Gimenez, "Intermezzo" La boda de Luis Alonso

    MCYO Philharmonic

    Music Center at Strathmore

    Leos Janacek, Suite from "The Cunning Little Vixen"

    MCYO Philharmonic in concert at the Music Center at Strathmore

    Arturo Marquez, Leyenda de Miliano, excerpt

    MCYO in concert, The Music Center at Strathmore

    Charles Gounod, "Va! Je ta'i pardonne!" Romeo et Juliette

    MCYO Philharmonic

    Music Center at Strathmore

    Miss Saigon/Madama Butterfly in Concert

    Young Artists of America at Strathmore with Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras.

    Concert opera presentation

  • Acclaim

    "Kristofer permeates a sense of reverence and integrity for music, for art, and for creating moments that are really appreciated by me as a composer"

    - Jim Papoulis, composer, Boosey and Hawkes

     

    “Kristofer rehearsed and conducted with extraordinary sensitivity and considerable muscle. I was constantly impressed with the quality of sound he got from the orchestra and the rhythmic vitality with which his musicians played.”

    -Jason Robert Brown, Tony Award winning Broadway composer

     

    References

    Cheryl Jukes

    Executive Director, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras

    Cheryl@mcyo.org

    301‐581‐5209

     

    Lisa Larragoite

    Executive Director, Young Artists of America

    lisa@yaa.org

  • Contact

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