Bio

Paula Andrea Sánchez is was born in Bogotá, Colombia. As a professional pianist, she began her musical studies in the Basic Program at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She started performing auditions at the age of 10, and since then, she made every semester in the auditoriums Olav Roots and Otto de Greiff in her hometown (1998-2006) and completed her musical education by the direction of Master Mariana Posada. She made his degree recital on July 7, 2013.

Paula Andrea has a wide experience as accompanying pianist.  She began this activity in 2002, with Violin students at the Conservatory in Universidad Nacional de Colombia, also with Horn and Oboe students at Batuta Foundation.  During her Bachelor of instrumental music – Piano, under the direction of Master Mariana Posada, She accompanied the students of Tuba, Vibraphone, Violin, Violoncello, Horn, Contrabass and the Song class of the Conservatory.  

She has developed several successful musical projects. She is a member and founder of the Tonmalerei two-pianos chamber music group, that made its concert debut on November 25, 2010, and with which in December 2011 she won the Soloist Contest of the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia for his editing of the work "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns with this group. The concert with the same assembly was on Septiembre 17, 2012 in the Leon de Greiff auditorium, as the opening concert of cultural activities of the university week of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, under the baton of the international director  Guerassim Voronkov.

She is also the creator and current representative of the Altisonante Quartet; a feminine chamber music group of piano (6 and 8 hands), with which she has won important competitions in Colombia, like the Young Interpreters 2014 of the Library Luis Angel Arango, and with which she has been invited to play in different places of the Colombian geography.

She currently participates as co-creator and Director in Colombia of the Back to Nature musical project, whose main purpose is the cultural and social exchange between musicians from different geographies. In 2017, the project was carried out in Colombia, Ecuador with the participation of approximately 45 musicians, and has already starten in Switzerland.

Paula Andrea has actively participated in master classes with pianists as Blanca Uribe, Martha Zabaleta, Harold Martina, Luis and Victor del Valle (Duo del Valle), Richard Steinbach in Bogotá. In 2013, she received classes in Germany with Masters Raluca Wagenhauser, Stephan Imorde, Jacques Ammon and Konrad Elser.

In the same year, Paula Andrea participated in the International Didactic Festival Cortinas, in Villingen (Germany) where she received classes with Master Abram Cortinas, and participated in the Concert of Chamber Music as a member of duos and trios. She was soloist with the orchestra of that Festival, under the baton of director Pedro Cortinas in the closing concert of the same event.

In 2014, Paula Andrea was an active student, invited to take master classes at the VIII International Music Festival of Cartagena with Master Andrea Rebaudengo. During this same year, she received classes with the masters Clemens Müller and Reinhard Becker at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen (Germany); The same year, at Zücher Hochschule der Kunste (Zurich - Switzerland), Paula received classes with Masters Ulrich Koella and Karl Andreas Kolly. In addition, at Conservatoire Strasbourg (Strasbourg - France) she received classes with Masters Michel Gaecher and Dany Rouet. The BLAA invited her with Altisonante quartet to have a chamber music class with the Duo Impuls.

Recently she participated in Piano Festivals and Chamber Music in Lugano (Switzerland) and Campagnatico (Italy).

Paula Andrea recorded videos as soloist and with the Altisonante Quartet, for PRISMA TV, invited by the Media Agency of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Since 2014 until her departure to Switzerland, Paula Andrea was an Accompanying Pianist for the subject of Tuba by Master Freddy Romero at the Conservatory of Music in Bogotá.

In 2017 she finished her Master's studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste under the supervision of Master Adalbert Roetschi. She was sponsored by different institutions such as: Alfred und Bertha Zangger-Weber Stiftung, Freundeskreis Musik, Stiftung Petersburg y Elsy Meyer Stiftung.

In 2018 Paula has started a Master of Advanced Studies in the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, bei Prof. Adalbert Roetschi.

As soloist, Paula Andrea has performed in different auditoriums such as Olav Roots, León de Greiff, Otto de Greif, León Tolstoi, Teresa Cuervo Borda (Bogotá, Colombia), Tannenhöhe (Villingen, Germany).  She has recently performed concerts, in the auditoriums Orgelsaal, Kammermusiksaal and Konzertsaal 1 at ZHdK (Zürich, Switzerland), Aula der Kantonsschule (Solothurn, Switzerland), Chiesa Sant’ Antonio (Toscana, Italy), Teatro Centro Civico Eloy Alfaro (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and Fabio Lozano (Bogotá, Colombia).

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