Iván Sánchez


Iván Sánchez is a Spanish saxophonist based in the Netherlands. He specializes in contemporary music that uses digital media and contemporary techniques. 

Originally from Redondela, Spain, Iván moved to the Netherlands in 2016 to study at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Tilburg, The Netherlands) and to pursue a career in music.

During his studies Iván developed as a flexible and all round musician who is able to play a wide range of styles and saxophones. He grew to develop an interest for new music thanks to collaborations with fellow musicians and composers. In 2019, together with percussionist Inês Lacerda and composer Ximo Tarín Micó, Iván was awarded the Jury and the Public prizes in the Fontys Willem Twee Chamber Music Contest 2019.

Ever since, Iván’s interest in new music has only expanded, and focussed mainly on works for saxophone and electronics. He worked with Dutch composer Arjan Linker on the piece Orange, Blue and Pink to create a version for alto saxophone and electronics and began diving into improvisation with the Ableton Live software, and premiered a new composition by Maurick Reuser

As a creator Iván is currently developing a new performance based on the principles of immersive theater, following the topic of his Master’s Thesis. This type of performance combines a different stage setting with live electronics and audience participation.

Next to his performance activities, Iván also works in the audiovisual world, mainly recording performances of fellow musicians. Visit projects for some recent ones. 


Fontys Master of Music
Master of Music with Ties Mellema

Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts
Bachelor of Music with Andreas van Zoelen

Conservatorio Profesional de Música Victor Ureña
Conservatorio Profesional with Elisa Arias Trigo


And masterclasses with

Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Fernando Ramos, Henk van Twillert, Joe Murphy, Ryo Noda, Harry White, Pawel Gusnar, Jean Pennings, Berlage Saxophone Quartet, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Morphing Quartet, Herman Vincken (oboe), Paul Uyterlinde (Cello), Rob Dirksen (double bass), Marcel Andriessen (percussion), Aart Strootman (composer/guitar), Ramon Lormans (percussion), Nuno Aroso (percussion), a. o.