Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist Series
Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Sara Davis Buechner

Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment, the Williams College department of music presents pianist Sara Davis Buechner on Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. A master class hosted by Ms. Buechner and featuring Williams music students will be held at 4:15 p.m. on the same day also in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Both the master class and the concert are free and open to the public.

The first half of the performance is an all Mozart affair: Sonata in E flat major KV 282; Sonata in B flat major KV 570; and Sonata in F major KV 332. The second half features Ten New Etudes for Piano by Yukiko Nishimura and finishes with George Gershwin’s original arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin for solo piano.

Sara Davis Buechner enjoys a vibrant international performance and recording career as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “fascinating and astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music”(Washington Post). She established her early career as winner of a bouquet of prizes at the world’s great piano competitions, including the Gold Medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and a Bronze Medal in the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

With an active repertoire of over 100 piano concertos ranging from Bach to Wuorinen, she has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras: New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Vancouver, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Birmingham (U.K.), BBC Philharmonic, Kuopio (Finland), Slovak Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain). The New York Times greeted her CD of piano music by Rudolf Friml as a “revelation,” and devoted the front page of its Sunday Arts & Leisure section to her 1997 world première recording of the Bach-Busoni “Goldberg” Variations. Ms. Buechner’s versatility extends to many premières of new music, and collaborations with film and dance projects.

A former faculty member of New York University, she has presented lectures and master classes worldwide. Now a Canadian resident, Sara Davis Buechner is Associate Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia School in Vancouver. She is a principal classical music consultant to Dover Publications.

The master class is a unique opportunity to observe the exchange between master and student. A combination of performance, lesson, and discussion, this event is a glimpse into the professional life of a concert pianist.