José Antonio Santos

With a network of Artist Centres and Ateliers around the world, Yamaha works with leading players to support their performances and develop instrument designs and new ideas for the benefit of all musicians. Yamaha Artists share with us a passion for inspiring the next generation of players, and a belief that everybody should be encouraged to nurture their talent, connect with others and tell their stories through music.

Get to know Yamaha Artist and saxophone player José Antonio Santos

How does your instrument improve your daily life as a musician? 

It's through my saxophone that I'm able to express my emotions and it's central to my work.

What are the most outstanding features of your instrument?

For me, the most important thing is reliability, knowing that the instrument is always performing at its best, as well as the ergonomics, flexibility and tuning. Everything has got to work in perfect harmony. So, from my point of view, it's just perfect.

When did you first come across Yamaha?

My relationship with Yamaha began in early 2006, almost halfway through my professional career, and thanks to Yamaha, I was lucky enough to come across some incredible instruments.

Which musician has influenced you the most in your music career? Are you still following any of their advice?

In terms of teachers, there are several I could name. First of all, there's my father, who is also a saxophonist and the one who instilled in me a sense of discipline. Then there's my first teacher at the conservatoire, followed by Francisco Pérez Aranda. And finally, Manuel Miján and Jean Marie Londeix were particularly influential, both as teachers and musicians. They were key during my training and I refer back to their advice when teaching my own students. Evidently, I also seek to impart their wisdom.

What advice would you give to a musician who is just starting out in their career?

Tenacity, effort and perseverance are the key to success, and all that sacrifice will bring you an enormous sense of well-being, because throughout your life, rather than having to work, you'll just have the pleasure of making music.