Antonio Sánchez began playing drums at the age of five and performed professionally in his early teens. He pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico, attended Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, where he graduated magna cum laude in Jazz Studies.
Born in Mexico City. He moved to New York City in 1999 and began a long-time collaboration with guitarist and composer Pat Metheny. He also has recorded and performed with many other artists. In 2014, he scored the Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) which brought him a Grammy award. His other projects include Bad Hombre,a socio-political electronica & rhythm epic, and Channels of Energy, created with the WDR Big Band and Vince Mendoza. In 2019, together with this band Migration, he released the album Lines in the Sand. In this work Sánchez, a Mexican-born, naturalized American citizen since 2016, turns his political anger into a moving musical statement, as much a protest against injustice as a tribute to every immigrant’s journey.
He won five Grammys, World Discovery Award for Best Soundtrack, New Artist Discovery Award, two Echo Awards (Germany) and also was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA.