Meet Guido

Dr. Sanchez Portuguez is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois School of Music in Urbana-Champaign where directs guitar studies, directs the Latin American Ensemble, and teaches ear training and musicianship classes.


Behind the Music

Dr. Sanchez Portuguez began his musical studies at the University of Costa Rica’s School of Music where he graduated with honors in 2001 under the guidance of professor Mario Solera. After graduating, he studied with the Cuban guitar luminary Jorge Luis Zamora.

In 2004, he began his master’s at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with the distinguished professor and internationally acclaimed guitarist Ernesto Bitetti.  He continued to the prestigious Doctoral Program at the Jacobs School of Music, graduating in May 2012 as Doctor of Music in Guitar with minors in Music Theory and Composition. He has also studied with composers Luis Diego Herra, Sven-David Sandstrom, Per Martensson, Gabriela Ortiz, and Don Freund. 


Since 2012, Dr. Sanchez Portuguez has been serving as music faculty in schools around the Midwest, including the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University,  Franklin College (Indiana), Parkland College (Illinois), and the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"A most romantic artist who can evoke strong emotions from his audience" (Maria Nockin, Fanfare Magazine)

"As a great performer that also composes at the highest level, Guido Sanchez Portuguez is truly a fine and rare artist” (Guitarist and composer Nuccio D'Angelo). 

“Powerful and melodious” John Frayne, Champaign News Gazette