Amy Sanchez maintains a diverse career in Los Angeles as a freelance horn player and educator. Her multifaceted experience shapes the guidance she offers as the Horn Professor at UCLA, a position she acquired in 2014. In addition to frequent work with the Pacific Symphony and performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Amy has performed with most of the major regional orchestras throughout California and is principal horn with the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, and second horn with the Fresno Philharmonic and Riverside Philharmonic. She has performed internationally throughout Europe, and in Japan, India, Israel, and South Africa.
An active studio musician, Amy often records music for film and television, including prominent films such as Frozen 2, Incredibles 2, Coco, Star Wars: Rogue One, Moana, Star Trek Beyond, and Jurassic World, as well as the Netflix original series Agents of Shield and Luke Cage. Amy has recorded for albums as diverse as Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow, Kendrick Lamar’s historic To Pimp a Butterfly, Florence and the Machine’s High as Hope, Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth, and Michael Buble’s To Be Loved. She also plays with a variety of chamber and jazz ensembles, performing at the 2018 Cape Town Jazz Festival in South Africa for Miguel-Atwood Ferguson’s Suite for Ma Dukes, at the Coachella Music Festival with Hans Zimmer in 2017, and with Kamasi Washington in 2018, with Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo’s Brazil You Never Heard, and jazz pianist Vardan Ovsepian’s Chamber Ensemble (VOCE).
Amy is also an avid supporter of wildlife conservation efforts. Her brass ensemble, Horns for Rhinos, helps to raise awareness and funding for conservation through music, partnering with the South African non-profit Nkombe Rhino. Amy also arranges conservation safaris through Nkombe and Ugebezi Explorer Camp, which bring guests to Africa to help establish a deep personal connection to wildlife and be part of hands-on conservation work.