Born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, Adrián began his clarinet studies in 1997 at the National Institute of Music of Costa Rica. He obtained his BM magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, his MM with distinction from DePaul University, and his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music. His main professors have included Ken Grant, Jon Manasse, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Dr. Charles West, and Jose Manuel Ugalde.
Adrián Sandí is currently a freelancer in the NYC metro area. As an active solo recitalist, Adrián has given numerous chamber music and solo performances throughout his musical career in different cities in Costa Rica, Panama, USA, Canada, and China.
As an avid performer of new music, Adrián is currently a member of Ensemble Signal and loadbang, and performs regularly with groups such as Periapsis Music and Dance, SEM Ensemble, Numinous and Mimesis Ensemble. Regularly performing works of rising and living composers, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with composer/conductors Oliver Knussen, Tristan Murail, Steve Reich, John Zorn and Hilda Paredes.
He served on the faculty of Wichita State University from 2011-2012 as Assistant Visiting Professor of Clarinet. As an orchestral musician, Adrián has performed as the principal clarinetist of Wichita Symphony Orchestra for their 2011-2012 season and has performed with ensembles such as the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific.
Adrián has won numerous awards, including First Place and Honorable Mention in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) State and Regional Chamber Music Competitions respectively, a Semifinalist at the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, First Place winner of the MTNA Young Artist Competition at the State Level and also a winner of the Virginia Commonwealth University Concerto Competition. While pursuing his DMA at Eastman School of Music and working as a Graduate Assistant, he was awarded the “2010-2011 Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching”.
He has also performed as a soloist for the US premiere of Ricardo Calderoni’s “Concerto Chameleon” for clarinet and guitar with the AZLO Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, the US Premiere of Hilda Paredes’s “Intermezzo Malinconico” for solo bass clarinet, as well as with the Wind Ensemble of the University of West Georgia, VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the VCU Symphony Orchestra.