Rafael Solano Sánchez (born 10 April 1931, in San Felipe de Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic) is a Dominican pianist, song-writer, composer, arranger, author, and former Dominican ambassador to UNESCO. He is credited with writing over a hundred songs of various genres that include romantic, folk, as well as choral, religious, and of course, merengue music.

His most famous love song, “Por Amor”, has been translated into several languages and performed by renowned artists, such as Marco Antonio Muñiz, Vicki Carr, Jon Secada, the Mariachi Vargas, and Placido Domingo.