A self-taught saxophonist, Perico Sambeat began playing the instrument in 1980. He moved to Barcelona, Spain, in 1982, where he ended his studies in classical flute and, at the same time, started attending Taller de Músics, where he studied harmony and arrangements with Zé Eduardo. In 1991, Sambeat moved to New York City, where he attended the New School. There he had the chance to play with great musicians such as Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, and Joe Chambers, among others. He has also worked professionally with Steve Lacy, Daniel Humair, Fred Hersch, Bob Moses, and Maria Schneider, to name a few.
Sambeat has taught at some of the most important jazz schools in Spain, such as Taller de Músics, Musikene, and Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), and has done workshops and clinics worldwide at such places as the London Royal Academy, Paris Conservatoire, Rhythm Music School Copenhagen, Sibelius Conservatoire Helsinki, and the Seminario Internacional do Macao, among many others. He has played in festivals and jazz clubs all around the world. He currently teaches at Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia, Spain, and has since its opening in 2013. Perico combines his teaching with his performances in jazz clubs and festival all around the world, as a soloist and as Big Band conductor.