Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, pianist and composer Marta Sánchez is actively working in the contemporary creative music scene in New York City and around the globe. Charting a significant path through her innovative and original music, she has reached an international audience, gaining significant global recognition.
After finishing her classical training at the Conservatory, she began her academic training in jazz and contemporary music at School of Music Populart, earning a grant from A.I.E. (Spanish Association of Musicians.) The first band she created, Zafari Project, was selected by the Spanish agency for youth (INJUVE) as one of the most promising on the Spanish scene, giving them the opportunity to tour Spain playing in different jazz festivals. This band also won first prize at the international jazz contest Debajazz, which is not the only jazz contest Ms. Sánchez won. She also was awarded the first prize at the Jazzargia International Jazz Contest with the Javier Moreno Trio and the first prize at San Martin de la Vega Jazz contest with Natalia Calderon Quartet. She is the only musician in Spain who has been selected on three occasions by AECID (government agency for international development cooperation) to represent Spain at jazz festivals in different countries around South America, Central America and Europe; with her own band on two occasions (2009, 2012) and with the Natalia Calderon Quartet (2009). In 2010, she received the “A.I.E en Ruta” Touring Grant from the Spanish Association of Musicians. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed her to continue her studies at New York University (M.M.). During her time there, she went on an international tour in Costa Rica, where her group represented NYU at the famed Costa Rica Jazz Festival.
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“Her compositions are lyrical and infectious and never overly mannered. They remind us that a great chamber-jazz
composer can inject vitality into well-trodden influences”
★★★★ Downbeat (Giovanni Russonello)
“The pianist Marta Sanchez has one of the most quietly memorable groups in jazz”
New York Times (Giovanni Russonello)
“It’s an ambitious record by a strong new group” The New York Times. Ben Ratliff