Sara Davis Buechner

Sara Davis Buechner has been celebrated as a pianist of noteworthy accomplishment, virtuosic mastery, artistic sensitivity and extraordinary versatility. A major prizewinner of many of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions - Reine Elisabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney and Vienna - she established her early career by winning the Gold Medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, and as a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

With an active repertoire of nearly 100 piano concertos ranging from Bach to Wuorinen, she has appeared as soloist with America's most prominent orchestras: the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Saint Louis and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras; and abroad with the Japan Philharmonic, City of Birmingham (U.K.) Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Kuopio (Finland) Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain). She was a featured artist at the "Piano 2000" Gala Concerts in the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony, and made her debut at Lincoln Center's "Mostly Mozart" Festival. In addition to her frequent North American concert appearances and radio broadcasts, she tours widely throughout the Far East on a yearly basis.

Growing in popularity in Canada, Sara has recently performed with the CBC Radio Orchestra, Orchestra London, Victoria Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, McGill Chamber Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic and has toured widely as a soloist throughout Canada.  She was recently the subject of a feature article in MacLeans Magazine.

Ms. Buechner's recording of piano music by George Gershwin was selected as a "Record of the Month" by Stereophile magazine; her 1997 world première recording of the Busoni version of Bach's "Goldberg" Variations was profiled in the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times; and her recording of Hollywood piano concertos by Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman won Germany's Deutsches Schauplatten Preis for best soundtrack. Pro Piano has released her CD of the complete piano music of Stephen Foster, and her fourth recording for Koch International was recently released featuring piano music by Rudolf Friml. Ms. Buechner's extensive discography also includes more than ten disks for the Yamaha Disklavier and Piano Soft systems.

Ms. Buechner has given premières of important new music and film scores by Larry Bell, Pierre Charvet, Richard Danielpour, Dick Hyman and Henry Martin. She appears regularly with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as one of the few pianists to actively perform piano scores to silent movies, notably the 150-minute long restored version of Ben-Hur (1925), and the Danish classic Master of the House (1925). Ms. Buechner has also collaborated on dance projects with choreographer Neta Pulvermacher and toured extensively with the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Profiles of Ms. Buechner have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Paris Match, Noticias del Argentina, Out, Blade and Frontiers magazines; and she has been featured on the television programs Entertainment Tonight, Extra, In the Life, and Bynon. Her appearances on radio include profiles on NPR's The Fishko Files and Performance Today, WFMT's Dame Myra Hess Recital Series and WNYC's New Sounds with John Schaefer.

In 2003 Ms. Buechner was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia - Vancouver. She is a former faculty member of New York University, and has presented lectures and masterclasses worldwide, from the Royal Academy in London to the Juilliard School to the Kobe-Yamate Gakuen in Osaka, Japan.


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Sara Davis Buechner, the celebrated American pianist, will mark the 25th anniversary of her New York debut with an exciting recital at Merkin Concert Hall on November 11, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. The program features music of Bach-Busoni, Mozart and Martinu, as well as rare works of Miklós Rózsa, Japanese composer Kouji Taku, and delightful foxtrot arrangements by Ms. Buechner herself.

Twenty-five years ago the New York Times hailed Ms. Buechner, as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess.” Since that time she has soloed with every major orchestra in North America in an astonishing repertoire of over 100 different Piano Concertos; recorded a number of extraordinary CDs; performed innovative original programs incorporating dance and film; commissioned and premiered important new music; and acquired a reputation as one of America’s most formidable and accomplished keyboard artists. Her personal story is no less compelling, a journey of integrity and courage that has been chronicled by major international press such as Paris Match and Macleans. In Japan she is a much-heralded honorary member of the Osaka Hanshin Tigers baseball team. Sara is a Yamaha artist.

Music Performed by Sara Davis Buechner

Turina: Zapateado (Danza Andaluza) op. 8. / (5.6mb - 4:06)

Stravinsky: Danse Russe, from "Petrushka". / (3.6mb - 2:37)

Herrmann: Concerto Macabre (New Zealand Symphony, James Sedaris conducting). / (4.1mb - 2:57)

Gershwin: Sweet and Low Down. / (4.5mb - 3:15)

Gershwin: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, foxtrot arrangement by Sara Davis Buechner. / (3.8mb - 2:46)

Gershwin: He Loves and She Loves, foxtrot arrangement by Sara Davis Buechner. / (4.4mb - 3:13)

Gershwin: Fidgety Feet, foxtrot arrangement by Sara Davis Buechner / (2.6mb - 1:54)

Rozsa: Valse Crepuscalaire. / (5.4mb - 3:54)

Mozart: Rondo in F major. / (3.9mb - 2:51)

Bach-Busoni: Preludo, Fuga e Fuga Figurato, from "An die Jugend". / (5.7mb - 4:08)

Foster: Camptown Races, transcribed by Elinor Remick Warren. / (3.0mb - 2:09)

Buechner: Riverside Park, Sunday Morning, from Three New York Dances. / (3.1mb - 2:13)