José Gregorio Sánchez
José Gregorio Sánchez received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from The Juilliard School. 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.
A native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, he studied under the guidance of Dary Retamoza, Antonio Urea, and José Francisco del Castillo under the auspices of the National Youth Orchestra, which is now El Sistema. His teachers also include Margaret Pardee at The Juillaird School and Masao Kawasaki at Brooklyn College.
Mr. Sánchez has been teaching and performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician since 1988. In 2012, he founded "A Tocar Mazatlan" an El Sistema-inspired program and served as the Director of the Children’s Orchestra from the Institute of Culture in Mazatlan, Mexico.