2011 Piano Recital and Master Class Series: Sara Davis Buechner

Sara Davis Buechner closes the series with a recital on Friday, April 29 at 8pm and master class on Saturday, April 30 at 3pm. This series is curated by Professor Germán Diez, Chairperson of the Piano Department at Greenwich House Music School.

Admission for the recitals is $15 general ($10 for students and seniors), and payable at the door on the evening of from 7:30pm. Master class admission is $7 general and payable at the door on the afternoon of from 2:45pm.

For her April 29th recital, Ms. Buechner is joined by guest artists Käthe Jarka, cello and Peter Mintun, piano. The evening’s program is set to include Haydn’s Sonata for piano in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52;  Mendelssohn’s Sonata in B-flat major for violoncello and piano, Op. 45; Veronika Cohen’s Five Pieces for Piano (1965); Yukiko Nishimura’s Six
New Etudes for Piano (2009 - 2010); and a tribute to George Gershwin and Dana Suesse with selections announced by Ms. Davis and Mr. Mintun.  All events will be held in the Renee Weiler Concert Hall.

About the Artist

Sara Davis Buechner is a classical concert 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 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. Her musical art was molded by some of the most formidable keyboard virtuosos of the Twentieth Century -- Filipino pianist Reynaldo Reyes;  Americans Ann Schein, Phillip Evans and Beveridge Webster; Canadian pianist William Aide; Busoni pupils Edward Weiss, Gunnar Johansen and Mieczyslaw Münz; and graduate study with legendary keyboard masters Byron Janis and Rudolf Firkusny at the Juilliard School. Ms. Buechner has inherited, and proudly continues, their pianistic mantle.
With an active repertoire of over 100 piano concertos ranging from A (Albeniz) to Z (Zimbalist), she has appeared as soloist with North America’s most prominent orchestras: the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Saint Louis and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras; the Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Calgary 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 has performed solo recitals at Lincoln Center’s “Mostly Mozart” Festival. In addition to her frequent North American and European concert appearances and radio broadcasts, she tours widely throughout the Far East on a yearly basis. Growing in popularity in Canada, Sara has also recently performed with the CBC Radio Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic and McGill Chamber Orchestra, and has played recitals from the Canadian Atlantic to the Pacific. She was recently the subject of a feature profile in MacLeans, Canada’s national news magazine. In 2003 Ms. Buechner joined the eminent Piano Faculty of the University of British Columbia - Vancouver, where she is now Associate Professor of Piano, Piano Literature and Chamber Music. She is a former faculty member of New York University, and has presented lectures and masterclasses worldwide, from the Royal Academy in London to Indiana University to National Taiwan Normal University to Singapore’s Yong Siu Toh Conservatory to The Juilliard School to the Senzoku Conservatory and Kobe-Yamate Gakuen of Japan. Ms. Buechner is a proud Yamaha artist; she speaks and reads Japanese and is an Honorary Member of the Hanshin Tigers Baseball Team of Osaka. More about Sara.

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