Three-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers of his generation.
Born in Mexico City on November 1, 1971, he started playing drums at the age of 5 and began performing professionally early in his teens.
He pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music and graduated magna cum laude in jazz studies.
Since his move to New York City, Sanchez has become one of the most sought-after drummers in the international jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz including Pat Metheny (as a member of the Pat Metheny Group and the Pat Metheny Trio with Christian McBride), Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielemans.
He regularly collaborates with some of the most prominent names of the newer generation of jazz: Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, Marcus Roberts, Avishai Cohen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Miguel Zenon, Scott Colley, Dave Samuels, Luciana Souza, Billy Childs, and Claudia Acuña, to name just a few.
In 2007 he recorded his first solo effort, Migration. The album includes a stellar cast of some of today's most renowned jazz musicians: Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez, and Scott Colley. It has gotten rave reviews from different publications all over the world. All About Jazz calls it "One of the best debuts of 2007."
Sanchez's interest in education has taken him around the globe performing clinics, drum festivals, and master classes. Some of these festivals include the Modern Drummer Festival Weekend, Zildjian Day, and the Montreal Drum Festival, among many others. He has also been the featured cover artist in some of the most widely read drum magazines in the industry such as Modern Drummer (USA), Percussioni (Italy), Drums and Percussion(Germany), and Musico Pro (USA).
In addition, Sanchez joined the faculty at the prestigious New York University (NYU) in 2006.
He's endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks (Sanchez's Signature model), Evans Drumheads, and LP Percussion (which carries Sanchez's Signature Percussion Kit).
He's made New York City his home since 1999.