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Biography: Buechner, Sara Davis

Sara Davis Buechner was a prize winner in many of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions: Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney, and Vienna. She was the Grand Prizewinner of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and the top American Prizewinner in the 1986 Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow. With an active repertoire of over 85 piano concertos ranging from Bach to Wuorinen, she continues to appear with America's most prominent orchestra's: the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the National Symphony. She has played widely throughout Europe and Asia, and with such foreign orchestras as the Japan Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Philharmonic (Finland) and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Spain). Last season she was the featured artists at the piano 2000 gala concerts in Washington DC with the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, and made her recital debut at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. This season opens with a solo recital at Rockefeller University in NYC, chamber music with the Rosetti Quartet, concerto appearances in NY, Sacramento and San Jose, and another tour of Japan. Ms. Buechner's recording of solo works by Gershwin was selected as "Record of the Month" in May 1994 by Stereophile magazine, her 1997 recording of the Bach-Busoni Goldberg Variations was profiled in the Recordings View column of the NY Times Sunday Arts and Leisure section& her recordings of film music concertos by Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman won Germany's coveted Deutsche Schauplatten Preiss. Her 1999 Koch CD of the complete piano music of Miklos Rozsa was nominated for best classical release by GLAMA Awards. Due for release are piano music by Stephen Foster on ProPiano and Rudolf Friml on Koch. Ms. Buechner is a champion of young American composers and has given premieres of solo, concerto and film-interactive works by Pierre Charvet, Richard Danielpour, Dick Hyman, Kenneth Lampl, Henry Martin and Paul Moravec. She recently gave both the Boston and NY premieres of Larry Bells hour long cycle of Prelude and Fugues. Ms. Buechner is also one of the only pianists to actively perform with silent movies, last season being the 150 minute long restored score to Ben-Hur which was presented at the Walter Reade Theatre by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Buechner was a former faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC and the faculty of New York University. She recently joined the piano faculty at Unveristy of British Columbia in Vancouver. She has also presented master classes at the Boston and Peabody Conservatories, Indiana and Northwestern Universities, the Shandelee Festival, the Royal Academy in London and throughout Japan and Korea.
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