Biography

Adrian Sandi

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, performing regularly with his wife and musical partner, pianist Helen Hou-Sandí.

He served on the faculty of Wichita State University from 2011-2012 as Assistant Visiting Professor of Clarinet, as well as a member of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet.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 Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, the Orchestra for the Opera Academy of the Pacific and the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra; performing in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Teatro Nacional de Panama, Teatro Melico Salazar and Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica.

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. He has also performed as a soloist with the VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the VCU Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble of the University of West Georgia. 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”.

As an avid performer of new music, Adrián has worked closely with conductor Brad Lubman as a member of the ensemble Musica, Ossia New Music as well as Ensemble Signal. Regularly performing works of rising and living composers, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with composer/conductors Oliver Knussen and Tristan Murail. As a founding member of the reed quintet REED5, the group has had the opportunity to collaborate and premiere new works by young composers such as Douglas Braga (Brazil) and Orie Sato (Japan/Germany).

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.