Will Sanders was born in the Netherlands. He comes from a musical family and received his first music lessons from his grandfather and father. He started his horn studies very early with Hubert Crüts at the Hogeschool Zuyd in Maastricht, where he later continued his studies with Prof. Erich Penzel.
In 1986 he graduated with distinction and became a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. In the same year he became deputy solo horn player at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and got to know the opera repertoire from Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” to Strauss’“Frau ohne Schatten”. In 1988 he was appointed solo hornist in the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the SWF Baden-Baden. In 1990 he moved to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the same position. In addition to his work in the orchestra and as a soloist, Will Sanders was also a member of various chamber music ensembles such as the Linos Ensemble, the Wind Art Ensemble and German Brass. The Bayreuth Festival appointed him solo hornist in 1992, where in 1996 he took over the direction of the horn group and Siegfried’s-Call from Gerd Seifert. He was often invited as a guest solo horn by the Vienna Philharmonic.
Will Sanders has been teaching horn at the Hogeschool Zuyd in Maastricht since 1995. In 1999 he was appointed professor at the Karlsruhe University of Music. Teaching classical music, horn, chamber music and conducting has become his passion. Will Sanders’ innovative nature is evident not only in the development of new playing techniques for the horn, but also in the development of mouthpieces, a new patented rotary valve and new horn models.
Working with great personalities such as Leonard Bernstein, Georg Solti, Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel and Daniel Barenboim shaped his musical career.
Thanks to Will Sanders’ diverse musical and educational insights, many of his students have positions in first-class orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, NHK Orchestra Japan, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as professorships and teaching positions at universities around the world such as Tokyo University of the Arts Geidai, the Colburn School Los Angeles, the Conservatory of Music Shanghai, the National University of Colombia, the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and the Academy of Music Krakow.
Will Sanders has been mentor of the German Youth Orchestra since 1998 and has been organizing the Alemanha – Brasil Festival annually on behalf of the DAAD since 2002. He is regularly invited to international competitions and festivals in the USA, Japan, China, Europe, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.