Iker Sanchez Silva

Iker Sanchez Silva


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Iker Sánchez made his remarkable debut conducting the Basque National Orchestra in 2007. Since then, he has been invited to conduct some of the best orchestras in Spain and Portugal
such as the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona National Orchestra, Principado
de Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Oporto “Casa da
Musica” Symphony Orchestra (Portugal), Bayonne Côte Basque Symphony Orchestra (France), JONDE (Spanish National Young Orchestra), Donostiako Kamara Orkestra (he was granted the second National Prize for Young Ensembles in 2007), Concentus Alius Berlin,Bogotá Youth Symphony Orchestra and Venezuela´s Teresa Carreño Youth Symphony Orchestra.

During the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, he worked as assistant conductor for the Bilbao Symphony
Orchestra (BOS), a position that he was given after winning the competition organized by the Orchestra. He spent several intense years assisting such renowned conductors who have left a profound impact on the formative years of his conducting career as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,

Vasily Petrenko, Juanjo Mena, Pablo Gonzalez, Günther Herbig and Michael Jurowsky; in orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Concerning Operatic projects, he has conducted “Die Zauberflöte” by Mozart, “L´Elisir D´Amore” by Donizetti, première of "La Cenicienta Roja" (Red Cinderella) by Hilario Extremiana/David Barbero,
"Lo Scoiattolo in Gamba" (The witty squirrell) by N. Rota, “El Caserio” (The Homestead) by J. Guridi. His recent and future highlights include “Orfeo ed Euridice” by Gluck and “Cosi fan tutte” by Mozart in San Sebastian and Vitoria.

He also participated as assistant conductor in the production of Richard Wagner´s "Parsifal"
with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko as well as in Manuel de Falla´s " Retablo de Maese Pedro" (Master Peter´s Puppet Show) with the Mtro. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Among others, he has taken part in several operas such as Bizet´s Carmen, Bartok´s Bluebeard´s Castle and Strauss´ Salome, worked with singers like Nikolai Shukoff and Violeta Urmana.

​Appart from the great Romantic repertoire, Iker Sanchez has also built up an enviable reputation for his interpretations of Contemporary music, conducting many instrumental ensembles such as Smash Ensemble (Salamanca-Paris), T.I. 04 (Vitoria), Conjunto Instrumental Musikene (San Sebastián), Kabos Ensemble (Bilbao), Cre-art-project (London) and Krater Ensemble (San Sebastián). He has conducted many premieres worldwide: countries as Finland, France, Colombia, Venezuela, Portugal or Italy have seen the talent of this young conductor.

In 2008, Iker Sanchez was appointed Principal Conductor of the Krater Ensemble and in 2009 he became Artistic Director of the EIO Symphony Orchestra, a national music project which
involves music students from the Basque Country.

He has recorded several CDs, many of them linked to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries: with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra for the label “Brian´s records”, the Basque National Orchestra (in working progress), the Ensemble Residencias (trío Arbos + Neopercusion), with Iñaki Alberdi (accordion) as soloist for the label "Verso", the premiere of two piano concertos by Luis Fraca and Mikel Mate with the Anitz  Symphony Orchestra , and music by Borja Ramos for a Victor Ullate's ballet with Sigma Project+Krater Ensemble.

He also made recordings for the Spanish and Basque National TV and radio channels (RTVE, RNE and EITB).

Iker Sánchez Silva was born in Irún, Spain, where he started taking trumpet and double bass lessons.
He developed his music specialization in San Sebastián, Bordeaux, and Richard Strauss Konservatorium of Munich, collaborating with orchestras as a trumpet player such as the Münchener Symphoniker, the Basque National Symphony Orchestra or the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.


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