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Chief conductor

Chief conductor

Rafael Sanz-Espert

Sanz-Espert is one of the most dynamic, expressive and representative conductors on the international wind music scene and one of the most well-known, valued and committed conductors of his generation.
He regularly conducts the most important professional wind bands in Spain. He also collaborates, as a guest conductor, with The U.S. Army Band and Orchestra (Washington DC), Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Valencia Orchestra , Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Paraguay, Banda Sinfónica de Córdoba (Argentina), Banda Sinfônica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Orquesta de Sopros Brasileira, Symphonic Wind Orchestra of University of Duluth, Intercollegiate Honor Band of the CBDNA, Twin Ports Wind Orchestra, and Grand Symphonic Winds Minnesota. He also conducts at the Midwinter Clinic (Minnesota) and Midwest Clinic (Chicago) festivals.
His extensive discography reflects his versatility in different genres. Particularly noteworthy are his recordings with the Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid, Banda Municipal de Bilbao, Royal Northern College of Music de Manchester, Coro de la Orquesta Nacional de España, and Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, among others.

He has taught courses, developing his own technique. Noteworthy are the workshops in Berklee Valencia and master classes at Berklee College of Music in Boston and his lectures at Club Diariin Mallorca, University of the Basque Country, Sala Villalobos (Tatuí) and the Seminário Ibero-Americano de Educaçao Musical e Inclusao Social (Sao Paulo).

He is committed to contemporary composers and he has commissioned and conducted premieres of symphonic works for band and orchestra. He has also received national and international prizes and five honorary mentions for his career as a conductor.

He was Chief Conductor of the Banda Municipal de Bilbao (2002-2012) and a member of the WASBE Board of Directors (2009-2015). He is currently Artistic Director of the Congreso Iberoamericano de Directores, Compositores y Arreglistas, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sociedad de Artistas AIE and Principal Conductor of the Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid. In September 2018 has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Municipal Band of Valencia.