Adrián Sandí is currently a freelancer in the NYC metro area. As an active solo recitalist, Adrián has given numerous chamber music and solo performances in different cities in Costa Rica, Panama, USA, Canada, and China, performing regularly with his wife and musical partner, pianist Helen Hou-Sandí.
He served on the faculty of Wichita State University from 2011-2012 as Assistant Visiting Professor of Clarinet, as well as a member of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. As an orchestral musician, Adrián performed as the principal clarinetist of Wichita Symphony Orchestra for their 2011-2012 season and has performed with ensembles such as the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Paciﬁc, and the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra.
Adrián has won numerous awards, including first place and honorable mention in the MTNA state and regional Chamber Music Competitions, respectively, first place in the MTNA Young Artist Competition at the state level, and was also a winner of the Virginia Commonwealth University Concerto Competition. He has performed as a soloist with the VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the VCU Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble of the University of West Georgia. While pursuing his DMA at Eastman School of Music and working as a Graduate Assistant, he was awarded the 2010-2011 Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
As an avid performer of new music, Adrián has worked closely with conductor Brad Lubman as a member of the ensemble Musica Nova, Ossia New Music as well as Ensemble Signal. Regularly performing works of rising and living composers, he as had the opportunity to collaborate with composer/conductors Oliver Knussen and Tristan Murail. As a founding member of the reed quintet REED5, the group has had the opportunity to collaborate and premiere new works by young composers such as Douglas Braga (Brazil) and Orie Sato (Japan/Germany).
Born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, Adrián began his clarinet studies in 1997 at the National Institute of Music of Costa Rica. He obtained his BM magna cum laudefrom Virginia Commonwealth University, his MM with distinction from DePaul University, and his DMA from the Eastman School of Music. His main professors have included Ken Grant, Jon Manasse, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Dr. Charles West, and Jose Manuel Ugalde.