Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico,Lucas Sanchez enjoys a multi-faceted career as a timpanist, percussionist, and teacher. Mr. Sanchez currently performs with the Palm Beach Symphony under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, the Florida Grand Opera, the Nu Deco Ensemble, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; in the past he has appeared with the Houston Symphony and the Amarillo Symphony.
Mr. Sanchez is as comfortable in front of the orchestra as he is behind it; he has appeared as a soloist with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Percussion Ensemble, and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. In 2018, Lucas was awarded first place in the Frost Concerto Competition with Johann Carl Christian Fischer’s Symphony with 8 Obbligato Timpani.
Lucas is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival and was awarded full-tuition fellowships at both for 3 summers each. At these festivals, Lucas performed in masterclasses for Ed Stephan, David Herbert, Markus Rhoten, Joseph Pereira, Ted Atkatz, Paul Yancich, Mark Yancich, Jonathan Haas, and Jauvon Gilliam.
Mr. Sanchez began his studies in Albuquerque with Douglas Cardwell. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University under the tutelage of Richard Brown. Lucas is currently writing his thesis for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, studying with Matthew Strauss and Svetoslav Stoyanov. Mr. Sanchez is proudly endorsed by Pearl/Adams instruments and Remo drumheads. He performs on Adams Philharmonic Dresden Classic Timpani with Remo Renaissance Hazy drumheads.