Alejandro Thompson-Sánchez - Cellist
Mexican-born cellist Alex Thompson-Sánchez began his cello studies at age 5. He has studied with cellists including Long Zhou of Strings-in-Motion in San Antonio, Judith Mcintire Galecki of the Colorado Symphony, Robert DeMaine of the LA Philharmonic, Paul Wingert and Una O'Riordan of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Marlin Owen, and Marek Szpakiewicz at Azusa Pacific University School of Music. Alejandro works freelance musician, performing for various types of events and groups. He has attended many music festivals, such as Interlochen, Avanti Summer MusicFest, Lyceum Music Festival, Credo Summer Festival, Summer Strings @ New York University, Music Academy International, Hello-Cello Festival, and Montecito Music Festival . His studies and endeavors have brought him to many concert venues in New York City Los Angeles, Detroit, Italy, and Poland. Notably, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Grammy’s Recording Academy, and Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. He has appeared with and performed for some top names in the music world such as the Piano Guys, Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet, grammy award winning pianist Emanuel Ax, Christian artist Michael W. Smith, Maestro Leonard Slatkin, violin virtuoso Midori Goto, John Sharp - principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony, Cellist Lynn Harrell, Latin Band Coast-City, among many others. In 2013, he was a finalist in Detroit’s Avanti MusicFest concerto competition, and in 2014 he won the Louis Potter Cello Competition Junior Division. In 2015, he won the Birmingham Musicale’s Hohmeyer’s string award, as well as the Oakland Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. In 2017 he was featured as a soloist with the Biola Symphony Orchestra, and in 2018 he was offered the opportunity to perform the entire 6th Suite by Bach at Midori Goto's Bach Week. Currently, he is studying Music Business at Berklee College of Music, has many students, runs his own performance business, and is a member of Los Angeles’ American Youth Symphony. His future goals include bridging and advocating for fellow Latino immigrants in the United States, providing more opportunity and diversity within the music world for them. He hopes to soon begin working in his native Mexico, raising awareness of music education and providing opportunities for those who don’t have them.