Enrique Sánchez Lansch
Professor of Dramatic Composition in Media
Enrique Sánchez Lansch grew up in the northern Spanish city of Gijón and in Cologne. He studied voice with minors in Romance Languages, Philosophy and German Studies. His master’s thesis topic was Screen Adaptations of Music-Based Feature Films. During his studies he began working, first as assistant director, then as director of concert and operatic recordings. After his studies he gained six years of experience as a director and producer of a fictional series. This was followed by studies in film and script writing at Columbia University and UCLA.
Since 2002 Enrique Sánchez Lansch has worked mostly as a director and writer of documentary films, almost always connected with music. His film debut, RHYTHM IS IT! (2004), about a dance project with 250 Berlin young people, featuring the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, attracted 650,000 moviegoers in Germany.
His other music documentaries for cinema and television include:
2007, 93 minutes, about the Berliner Philharmoniker under National Socialism
MSTISLAW ROSTROPOWITSCH – DAS MUSIKALISCHE GEWISSEN 2007, 52 minutes, a portrait to mark Rostropovich’s 80th birthday
THE PROMISE OF MUSIC
2008, 93 minutes, about the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Movement and Gustavo Dudamel
PIANO ENCOUNTERS – BEGEGNUNGEN AM KLAVIER
2010, 95 minutes, about the development of young pianists over many years and their workshops with Emanuel Ax, Katia and Marielle Labéque, Gabriela Montero and the Duo Tal/Groethuysen
LASS MICH EWIG KOMPONIEREN/KLANG – THE 24 HOURS OF THE DAY
2010, 59 minutes, about the premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s final cycle, KLANG
IRGENDWO AUF DER WELT – DAGMAR MANZEL ENTDECKT WERNER RICHARD HEYMANN
2011, 59 minutes, portrait of the film composer Heymann
DIE 12 – DIE 12 CELLISTEN DER BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER
2012, 59 minutes, portrait
OUVERTÜRE 1912 – DIE DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN
2012, 89 minutes, about the 100-year history of the Deutsches Oper Berlin,Christa Ludwig, René Kollo and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in his last interview on camera
His films have been screened at numerous festivals worldwide, and have been awarded, among other things, the German Film Prize, the Bavarian Film Prize, the German Critics’ Award, the German Film Award, the Franz Hofer Prize, Best Documentary Film Awards at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, the SEMINCI Festival de Valladolid and the Diapason d’Or.
In addition, in film music and concert recordings Enrique Sánchez Lansch focuses again and again on the direct conversion of music into pictures as in A Celebration for Gershwin with Herbie Hancock and Gustavo Dudamel, which was nominated for an Emmy.
In addition to teaching at home and abroad, most recently at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin, from 2006 to 2013, he curated and presented short music films by the upcoming generation at the Beethovenfest Bonn, in the series Look at Beethoven. In the winter semester 2018/19 he was appointed Professor of Dramatic Composition in Media in the Institute of Music and Media of the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.