Cuatro Sinfónico is the new concept that connects traditional Puerto Rican forms and sonorities with contemporary classical music techniques. The album includes original works with a combination of full orchestra, chamber ensemble and the Puerto Rican ensemble. This project aims to promote culture with the best quality and continue to improve an exclusive repertoire for the national instrument.
Luis Sanz is a talented cuatro player, composer, musical director of Hermanos Sanz and professor at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He began playing the Puerto Rican cuatro at the age of four; by age nine he had appeared with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. Luis’ creative development and talent in improvisation brought him to arranging and composing works that has been perform in China, France and the United States. He has produced three recording albums. Luis headlined the Latin Grammy Award 2017 show with Residente, and collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda on music for a new film about Puerto Rican culture. In 2018, Luis composed the film score and music performance for the documentary “Pa’ Lante”. Also, he was selected as the ambassador of the cuatro for the Puerto Rican Parade at New York and was awarded of the Chancellor’s Artpreneur Grant by the Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA, 2019. He continues to open new paths to connect traditional Puerto Rican forms and sonorities with contemporary Classical techniques in order to create a legacy for future generations. Luis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music with his mentor Alfonso Fuentes. At the same time, he earned a Bachelor’s degree at Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in Bass performance with Professor Samuel Morales, with a minor in Education. Luis holds a Master in Music Composition at UNCSA with Professor Lawrence Dillon.