Sara Davis Buechner


See Sara in concert with the BCO October 26th and October 27th!

Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original and decorated concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post), and “astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), Japan’s InTune magazine sums up: “Buechner has no superior.”

Ms. Buechner has earned a bouquet of top prizes at the world’s premiere international piano competitions — Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Leeds, Mozart (Salzburg), Beethoven (Vienna), Tchaikovsky (Moscow), and as Gold Medalist of the 1984 Guna Bachauer International Piano Competition.  Ms. Buechner has performed in every state and province of North America, throughout Latin and South America, Europe, and Asia— as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ms. Buechner’s performance versatility extends to unique collaborations with contamporary composers, film, and dance including collaborations with Michael Brown, John Corigliano, Ray Green, Dick Hyman, Vitězslavá Kaprálová, Jared Miller, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, Yukiko Nishimura, and tours with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and kabuki-mime-mask dancer Yayoi Hirano.  She has also released numerous acclaimed recordings of rare piano music: 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 score to Carl Dreiser’s silent movie classic Master of the House (1925) may be heard on 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. 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.  Sara is a dual American-Canadian Citizen.