Raphael Sanchez is a French composer and conductor.



Graduate of the National Conservatory of Music of Paris, and the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot de Paris.
Graduate of orchestral conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris,


As a prolific composer, he is very involved in the worlds of Musical Theater and Theater in France, for which he composes the music of 6 musicals, as well as the musics for dozens of theatre plays.



As a Musical Director and a conductor, Raphael  had the privilege to be the Musical Director of many Broadway shows in their greatest official french-adapted versions in Paris, such as The Lion King (2007-2010, Paris),  Hairspray (2018, Paris), The Addams Family (2017, Paris), Avenue Q (2012, Paris), Spamalot (2011, Paris),  and Chicago (2003, Paris).


His musical eclecticism and his personal musical research earned him to be noticed by Cirque du Soleil, who entrusted him by giving him the musical direction of the show Varekai, a show he conducted from 2004 to 2007 on tour in the USA and in Australia and New Zealand.


Composer, passionate about musical theater, his musical based on Jean Teulé's novel "Le Magasin des Suicides" (The Shop of Suicides), adapted by Cathy Sabroux, obtained the Beaumarchais Foundation's Creation Aid in 2011.


His recent musical "The Book of the Jungle", created in 2017, and directed by Ned Grujic, is nominated this year  in Young Audience category for the Molières Awards Competition 2018 in France.





Raphael was born in Paris

His musical education has been strictly classical. He studied piano, harmony, counterpoint at the "Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris", where he obtained the best mentions.

He studied composition for film-music with Laurent Petit-Gérard at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

He learned the art of orchestral conducting with american conductors Mickael DIXON and Paul MORRIS, and french Music Director of Opera de Massy Dominique ROUITS at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he obtained the Diploma of orchestral conducting.

Firstly hired as an audition pianist by the "CATS" company in Paris 1988, he learned the art of conducting and began immediatly his carreer in the field of the Musical Theatre, conducting for many productions of the biggest shows in Paris:


                                After CATS-Paris 1989, he played the pit-piano for the european tours of musicals "42nd Street" and "Hello Dolly", and conducted as associate musical director Boublil-Schoenberg's worldwide famous musical "LES MISERABLES" at the "Théâtre Mogador", Paris 1990-91, he conducted Kander and Ebb’s musical CHICAGO in Paris, 2004, he was the Music Director for the french production of THE LION KING in Paris (2007-2010),  Theatre Mogador, AVENUE Q , SPAMALOT,  FOREVER YOUNG in their french versions at Théâtre Bobino, Paris, and more rencently THE ADDAMS FAMILY and HAIRSPRAY.


                                Permanent band-leader for the prestigious CIRQUE DU SOLEIL on North-American Tour and Australia-New Zealand Tour (show VAREKAI, Dec,2004 til Nov. 2007 tour).



                                Guest conductor for classical ballet companies, he conducted notably The Tokyo New City Symphonic Orchestra for the japanese tour of Les BALLETS DE MONTE-CARLO , with Prokofiev's "ROMEO and JULIETTE".


                                In 1995 he wrote the orchestrations for the musical show inspired by the music of french film-composer Francis LAI ("Love Story", "Bilitis"), entitled "Francis Lai Music Tour Orchestra". He conducted this show, which was met with great success in Japan (1995 and 1996 Japan Tours).

                                He also conducted the soloists Ensemble of National Orchestra of Lyon, the String Ensemble of Paris National Opera, the Percussion-Grand-Ensemble of Limoges Symphonic Orchestra, and created in 2016 his own youth orchestra.

In addition to his career as a classical conductor and pianist, Raphaël Sanchez has also been involved as composer in musical creations for films : “Arthur”, and “Two Fingers to the Catastrophe”  by Laurent MAZAR (St Petersburg Experimental Art Expo), “Daniel BUREN” by Laurent MAZAR, TV serie “Temps Mort” by james L. Frachon, "Tôt ou tard" by Anne-Marie ETIENNE, "A Louer" by James FRACHON, "Dans le Sac" by Karim DRIDI, "La Prime" by Pascal LOPEZ, "Dis-Moi" and "Carte Bleue" by Laurent MAZAR, "Enchanté Baby-Jane" and "C'est pas tous les jours marrant" by Christophe TURPIN, "N° 26" and "Les Amants Eprouvés" by Fernando de AZEVEDO,

as well as musical creations for Circus : Cirque Annie FRATELLINI (composer and music director for ten years), Cirque BOUGLIONE (Salto), Cirque "La Lanterne Magique", Cirque Arlette GRUSS, Cirque MAXIMUM, Cirque de Valérie FRATELLINI, Ecole du Cirque Fratellini,Festival international du Cirque de Nexon, Festival international du Cirque de Paris.

and musical creations for musical theatre: "Le Livre de la Jungle - Le Musical " (The Jungle Book - The Musical) "Peter Pan, la véritable histoire", "Merlin- la Légende", “Un Songe, Une Nuit d’Été” (Shakespeare’s “A Mid Summer Night Dream”, “Tire la Chevillette (Once upon a Time, or Two...), “La Revanche du Capitaine Crochet” (The Revenge of Captain Hook), “Peter Pan”, “Pygmalion” (Bernard Shaw) “Le Magasin des Suicides” (The Shop of Suicides), “Parce que je vous aime” (Because I love You)

and musical creations for theatre plays:
“Tout Bascule” (Olivier Lejeune), “Darius” (Jean-Benoit Patricot), “Une Folie” (Sacha Guitry), Nuit d’Ivresse” (Josiane Balasko), “Coiffure et Confidences” (Robert Harling), “Enfer et Contre Tout” (Georges Beller), “Le Bouffon du Président” (Olivier Lejeune), “Tous des Malades” (Alex Goude), “Courteline!”, by Courteline,  "Quai des Brumes", (Mac Orlan), "Beaumarchais et le Barbier de Seville"  (Beaumarchais), "La Nuit et le Moment" (Crebillon fils),  "La Ronde" (Arthur Schnitzler) « Parce que je vous aime » by Nicolas Lormeau (member of « La Comédie Française ») and Geoffroy Lidvan.

He also accompanied, wrote arrangements, or conducted for many french and international artists such as CHARLES AZNAVOUR, JULIA MIGENES (USA), ERIK BERCHOT, LÂÂM, ENZO-ENZO, MIREILLE MATTHIEU, JEAN GUIDONI, NANA MOUSKOURI, RICHARD CLAYDERMAN, REGINE, MICHEL LEGRAND, MARC-AURELIO, CARLOS D'ALESSIO (Argentina), SHIMIZU YASUAKI (Japan), MAHIN ZARINPANJEH (Iran), JUAN-JOSE MOSALINI (Argentina), and participed as a composer and musical director for more than ten years to the musical life of ANNIE FRATELLINI's CIRCUS.

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