The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (the Academy) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Iñaki Sandoval as Dean of School of Music, with effect from August 1, 2022.
Dr. Iñaki Sandoval is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, and music producer with extensive arts administration experience. As Dean of Music of the Academy, Dr. Sandoval will lead the implementation of the overall vision and the academic development of the School of Music, working closely with faculty members to promote innovative enhancements in the delivery of performing arts education.
Academy Director, Professor Gillian Choa, warmly welcomes Dr. Sandoval to the Academy community, “Dr. Sandoval has over two decades of experience in higher education in music and is an internationally acclaimed musician himself. With his breadth of experience, expertise, and international connections, I am confident that he will be able to build upon existing strengths of the School and develop new initiatives that will further strengthen its overall growth and positioning, hence making a very positive and valuable contribution to the Academy. I very much look forward to working with Dr. Sandoval.”
Devoting himself to higher education in music for over 20 years, Dr. Sandoval has held senior management and teaching positions in different institutions around the world. Prior to joining the Academy, Dr. Sandoval has served as Principal cum Tenured Professor at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy in Estonia. He is also the founding Dean of Graduate Studies and founding Director of the Jazz Department at the Liceu Conservatory in Spain.
As a former council member of the European Association of Conservatories, and board member of the International Association of Jazz Schools, Dr. Sandoval is well connected with conservatoires and performing arts educators.
Dr. Sandoval received professional music training both in the United States and Spain. He holds a PhD in Musicology and Art History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada, and two Bachelor of Music degrees from the Berklee College of Music and the Liceu Conservatory, respectively.