My name is Gabriel Sanchez Porras. I am a saxophonist and music educator from Costa Rica.
I am currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
I recently completed my Doctorate in saxophone performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa, USA with Dr. Kenneth Tse. Where I was also Teaching Assistant in the Jazz Studies Department.
Music has afforded me the opportunity to perform on stages in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, France, Switzerland and the United States, including music festivals such as the FNA, FIA, Cosquín Rock, Montreux Jazz Festival, North American Saxophone Conference, Sax Fest Costa Rica, ALASAX, Encuentro Universitario Internacional De Saxofón México, Santa Catarina Music Festival and Oficina de Música de Curitiba.
I have performed and competed in a number of saxophone festivals in Latin America. In 2017 I obtained 3rd prize in the ALASAX Classic Saxophone Competition in Cali, Colombia. In 2019 I obtained 2nd prize in the Yucatán Pan-American Classical Saxophone Competition, Mexico.
While in Costa Rica, I performed with groups such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Cartago Municipal Orchestra and the San José Concert Band. I was also part of the jazz and popular music scene and played with La Big Band de Costa Rica, New Jazz Project, Isla Tambor and Un Rojo Reggae Band. I had the opportunity to share the stage with well-known artists such as Armando Manzanero, Debi Nova, Ismael Serrano and Joaquin Yglesias.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Music (BM) from the National Institute of Music of Costa Rica, and a Master of Music (MM) from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. My primary saxophone instructors include
Dr. Kenneth Tse, Dr. Nathan Bogert, Dr. Damani Phillips and Harold Guillén.