Israel Sandoval

Instructor Berklee Study AbroadContemporary Performance (Production Concentration)First Year Abroad

In Their Own Words

“In my classes, I like to develop a good repertoire and use each composition as an opportunity to learn scales, chords, comping, improvisation, reading, arranging, reharmonization, and rhythms. My main subject is improvisation. Improvisation involves creativity, technique, knowledge of form, harmonies, and scales. In my opinion, a good composer, arranger, or guitar player should first be a good improviser.”

Career Highlights

  • Performances and/or recordings with numerous artists, including Joan Manuel Serrat, Concha Buika, Chris Cheek, and Dave Liebman, among many others
  • Arrangements, production, and/or music direction work for Pablo Abraira, José Luis Perales, and Maria Aguado, among many others
  • Soundtrack work on films such as Otros Dias Vendran and Don’t Tempt Me, and television work for shows including A Tu Lado, La Cucaracha Express, and Fusion Sonora
  • Past teaching work at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Escuela de Musica Creativa, and Accademia Dell'Arte, among others


  • Studied classical guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Córdoba and jazz guitar at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague