The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Seriespresents acclaimed concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner, Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.in the Great Hall, Old Library. Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Buechner is one of the most vital concert pianists of our time. She has been lauded for her “intelligence, integrity, and all-encompassing technical prowess” (The New York Times) and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music,” (The Washington Post) and has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra and at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl.
Spanning three centuries and continents, the March 2 program features Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor op. 13 “Pathétique,” Weber’s Sonata No. 1 in C major op. 24, Joaquín Nin-Culmell’s Danzas Cubanas, and Buechner’s own Escenas callejeras del Bronx.
Performing Arts Series Coordinator Abigail Guay observes, “Sara Davis Buechner brings an incredible breadth of artistry and interest to her playing. This crowd-pleasing performance will highlight her trademark wit, eloquence, and gleeful technical assurance.”
EVENT SCHEDULE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Sara Davis Buechner
Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.
Great Hall, Old Library
Old Library, Bryn Mawr College is located at 212 N. Merion Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets, group sales and more information are available online through Brown Paper Tickets, atbrynmawr.edu/arts/series.html or by calling 610-526-5210.
ABOUT SARA DAVIS BUECHNER
In her twenties Ms. Buechner earned top prizes at the world’s premiere international piano competitions: Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Leeds, Mozart (Salzburg), Beethoven (Vienna), and Sydney. She was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tschaikowsky Competition in Moscow and the Gold Medalist of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Ms. Buechner has performed in every state and province of North America—as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra; and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. She has toured throughout Latin and South America and Europe; and she enjoys a special following in Asia, where she has been a featured soloist with the Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, and Shanghai Philharmonic, among many others.
She has commissioned and premiered important contemporary scores by composers such as Michael Brown, John Corigliano, Ray Green, Dick Hyman, Vitězslavá Kaprálová, Jared Miller, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, and Yukiko Nishimura. Ms. Buechner’s performance versatility extends to unique collaborations with film and dance, including tours with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Japanese kabuki-mime-mask dancer Yayoi Hirano.
Ms. Buechner has released numerous acclaimed recordings of rare piano music by composers such as Rudolf Friml (“a revelation,” The New York Times), Dana Suesse, Joseph Lamb, Joaquín Turina, Miklós Rózsa, and Ferruccio Busoni (including the world première recording of the Bach-Busoni “Goldberg” Variations). Stereophile magazine selected her Gershwin CD as “Recording of the Month,” and her interpretation of Hollywood Piano Concertos won Germany’s coveted Deutsches Schauplatten Preis. Most recently her recorded traversal of the score to Carl Dreiser’s silent movie classic Master of the House (1925) was included on the Criterion Collection DVD.
Sara Davis Buechner joined the faculty of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2016 after previously teaching at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of British Columbia. She has presented masterclasses and workshops at major pedagogic venues worldwide, adjudicated important international piano competitions, and is also a contributing editor for Dover Publications International. In 2017 Ms. Buechner marked her 30th year as a dedicated Yamaha Artist.
As a proud transgender woman, Ms. Buechner also appears as a speaker and performer at important LGBTQ events, and has contributed interviews and articles about her own experience to numerous media outlets worldwide.