Alejandro Sanchez Thompson was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and began his cello studies at age 5. He is currently studying with Marek Szpakiewicz at Azusa Pacific University School of Music. He has attended some top music festivals, such as Interlochen, Credo Summer Festival, SummerStrings @ New York University, and Music Academy International in northern Italy. 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’s Concerto Competition. In 2017 he a soloist with the Biola Symphony Orchestra. He attends Azusa Pacific University full time on a music scholarship.
Performer texted in the morning to confirm, then a few hours later texted saying he was too sick to perform and he would get a replacement. I had asked for him to play a specific song and he said the other guy would play it, later he texted me and said the new guy didn't feel comfortable playing it. Then the Alejandro sends me a screen shot of his conversation with his replacement where Alejandro says he couldn't talk because he was at a concert performing! So which was it, sick or double booked? Long story short, there was some traffic and a fire on the freeway, that made it a bit heavy, and it was too late for anyone to make the proposal, so needless to say I was disappointed. Granted the traffic wasn't anyone's fault but there are more freeways and given the commitment already made, with some planning there was plenty of time to make the scheduled commitment.
Alejandro did a great job! He played "Pictures of you, Pictures of me" by the Last Goodnight.
The atmosphere at this event was perfect, our guests were highly impressed with his skills and what he brought to the event.. Thank you Alejandro so much!
Price Range: $125+
Gig Length: 20 - 300 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Prepared music. Tell me what you want, and if you don't know, I can give suggestions! The quality of music at your event is my top priority! If there is anything you need me to do, please, tell me!
Alejandro Sanchez Thompson - Cellist
Cellist Alejandro Sanchez Thompson was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and began his cello studies at age 5 in Lake Orion, Michigan with Leonard Holiday. He went on to study with Long Zhou of Strings-in-Motion in San Antonio, Judith Mcintire Galecki of the Colorado Symphony, Robert DeMaine of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Paul Wingert of the Detroit Symphony, Una O’Riordon of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Marlin Owen at Biola University, and is currently studying with Marek Szpakiewicz at Azusa Pacific University School of Music. Alejandro keeps his schedule busy as a freelance musician, performing for weddings, bands, coffee shops, and local community orchestra’s. He has attended some top music festivals, such as Interlochen, Avanti Summer MusicFest, Lyceum Music Festival, Credo Summer Festival, SummerStrings @ New York University, and Music Academy International in northern Italy. He has also had the amazing opportunity to perform in places like Severence Hall in Cleveland, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, various concert venues in New York City, cathedrals in Italy, and most recently Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. He has appeared with some top names in the music world such as Steven Sharpe Nelson of the Piano Guys, as well as the group, Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet, grammy award winning pianist Emanuel Ax, Christian artist Michael W. Smith, Maestro Leonard Slatkin, among others. In 2013, he was a finalist in Detroit’s Avanti MusicFest’s 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’s Concerto Competition. In 2017 he was featured as a soloist with the Biola Symphony Orchestra. He currently teaches early developmental classes at Gymboree Play and Learn of Fullerton, and is a dedicated cello teacher at the San Marino Music Center all while attending Azusa Pacific University full time on a music scholarship.
Past Booked Events
|December 06, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|December 01, 2016 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|November 19, 2016 • 11:30am - 11:45am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|November 06, 2016 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Dinner Party|
Please tell me what music you want. If you're not sure, I can suggest music and put together a list customized for you!
Influences & Inspiration
Yo-Yo Ma; Janos Starker; Pablo Casals; many other great cellists.
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