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Buechner wraps Key Pianists season with superb and offbeat Japanese program

  • New York Classical Review

Buechner is a deeply experienced musician with the kind of technique frequently heard downstairs in Carnegie’s main hall; agile, powerful, and exciting. But what really sets her apart is found from the neck up—the program she put together was as thoughtful and superb as her pianism.

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Review: Japan Meets France, Through a Pianist’s Sensitivity

  • The New York Times

As forms of wordless storytelling, mime and music are sister arts that rarely share a stage. Yet they came together on Thursday evening at Weill Recital Hall. There, the pianist Sara Davis Buechner was joined by the mime dancer Yayoi Hirano in a performance of Jacques Ibert’s “Histoires” in which the addition of spare, precise movements and Noh-style masks deepened the music’s mystery and whimsy.

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The keystrokes of life

  • Temple University, Temple Now

Sara Davis Buechner talks with ‘The Philadelphia Inquirer’ about her career, life and upcoming performance at Rock Hall.

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Sara Davis Buechner Comes Home

  • WNYC

With the academic year now in full swing, WNYC’s Sara Fishko talks to a seasoned pianist – now settling into a new university position, to share the music.

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Pianist Sara Davis Buechner’s Remarkable Journey

  • Stay Thirsty Magazine

In possession of a fearsome technique, Sara Davis Buechner has enjoyed engagements as soloist with many leading U.S. orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the National Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

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Pianist Buechner raises the rafters in Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the PSCO

  • Northwest Reverb

“I thought that I had heard most of the fantastic pianists who reside in the Pacific Northwest, but now I have to add another, Sara Davis Buechner, to my list after hearing her deliver an electrifying performance of George Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra at the First United Methodist Church on Friday evening (April 29th).”

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Concert Pianist Buechner Wows At Barnes Hall

  • The Cornell Daily Sun

Solo piano concerts have come to hold a dual, contradictory status. They are ubiquitous in classical circles, where they serve didactic and diagnostic purposes through competitions and senior recitals. They’re also something of an anachronism in the contemporary sonic landscape, where digital listening threatens its live counterpart. Last Wednesday night, pianist Sara Davis Buechner brought something essential back to the Barnes Hall stage that too often eludes the musically inclined among us: humility.

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Poderosa ‘La fuerza de la tierra’

  • Fundacion Nacional

“La fuerza de la tierra’’ fue el título que abrazó el primer concierto de la nueva temporada de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico. Después de la exitosa participación de la orquesta en el Festival Casals, la Sala Sinfónica del Centro de Bellas Artes de Santurce, vibraba en la espera del delicioso menú que ofrecía el programa del pasado sábado 28, el cual estuvo salpicado del poder que tienen la melancolía y la tristeza en los grandes creadores.

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Concert review: Beethoven and Bernstein collide at Symphony Hall

  • Mass Live

SPRINGFIELD — The bucolic charm of the German countryside vied for attention with urban American angst Saturday evening as Maestro Kevin Rhodes and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra presented a contrasting double bill of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” featuring pianist Sara Davis Buechner.

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Pianist Sara Davis Buechner at the National Gallery

  • The Washington Post

As if to prove that her music-making wasn’t all fireworks and technical wizardry, pianist Sara Davis Buechner opened her program at the National Gallery on Sunday with Mozart’s brief and youthful E-Flat Major Sonata, K 282 in a reading that opened almost languidly, proceeded with beautifully calculated ornamentation and rhythmic elasticity and concluded with cheerful simplicity.

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An Evolving Country Begins to Accept Sara, Once David

  • The New York Times

As David Buechner, born in the northwest suburbs of Baltimore in 1959, I became an internationally known concert pianist. But from the time I was a child, I understood that I was meant to be Sara. In those days, there was no information nor discussion of anything outside the heterosexual template. Nor were there role models for transgender children.

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Finesse and Fury from the Canton Symphony

  • ARTWACH

It is always something of a letdown when Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann doesn’t preface a program selection at a Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert with his special brand of wit, sardonic or otherwise. Ever the engaging raconteur, he didn’t disappoint on the occasion of the December 2 performance at Umstattd Hall.

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Florida Orchestra, soloist Buechner bring authenticity to ‘Anxiety’

  • Tampa Bay Times

No, you don’t have to read W.H. Auden’s long, impenetrable, Pulitzer Prize-winning poem The Age of Anxiety to understand what inspired Leonard Bernstein to compose a piece for solo piano and orchestra with the same title for his second symphony. Sara Davis Buechner has already done the work for the audience. “I certainly read the poem, more in terms of getting the general atmosphere of it,” says Buechner, the piano soloist with the Florida Orchestra this weekend. “I think Bernstein saw his life in New York in the poem.”

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Oakland East Bay Symphony features renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner

  • Oakland North

Buechner began by playing “The Age of Anxiety,” a highly energetic piece from Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, just one of a number of pieces the symphony had chosen for their New World A-Comin’ concert, which took place on November 4. The show featured an array of music by American composers like Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, as well as by the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera.

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Review: Oakland East Bay Symphony triumphs with Bernstein’s moody ‘Age of Anxiety’

  • The Mercury News

In 1947, W.H. Auden wrote his poem “The Age of Anxiety,” which is about the search for faith in a world filled with such terrible events that meaning seems hard if not impossible to find. Leonard Bernstein — in his late 20s, thinking about spiritual truths — became obsessed with the poem, which provoked him to compose his Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, “The Age of Anxiety,” a work of tough beauty.

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Review: Pianist Sara Davis Buechner helped kick off San Jose Chamber Orchestra season

  • The Mercury News

“A Night in a Spanish Garden” was the title of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra’s season-opening concert Sunday at Le Petit Trianon. Pianist Sara Davis Buechner was the soloist, an enchanter at the keyboard — and as a speaker, setting the audience at ease in every way. For this listener, it was like walking into a college seminar with a genius lecturer who takes you on a journey to secret places — without leaving the room.

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Interview with Sara Davis Buechner

  • US Asians

I love creativity in all its forms and my role models are hardly limited to fellow musicians. As a pianist I always wished to follow in the profoundly important tracks of Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni, Dinu Lipatti, Clara Haskil, and my own teacher at Juilliard, the late Rudolf Firkusny. But my own approach to the piano and its sounds has been deeply influenced by flamenco and kabuki dance, the motion pictures of Kurasawa, Naruse and Charlie Chaplin, the paintings of Vermeer and Renoir, the writing of J.D. Salinger. Willa Cather and Shusaku Endo, grand American architecture of the Art Deco era, the baseball artistry of Jim Palmer, Don Mattingly, Kei Igawa and Ichiro Suzuki, and even witnessing the varied religious services of the Buddhist, Jewish, Catholic and 7th Day Adventist faith

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Crossing the Concourse

  • The New York Times

Just over a decade ago, David Buechner, a classical pianist, came out as a transgender woman, Sara Davis Buechner. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of her debut, Ms. Buechner reflects on her life.

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Anything He Can Do, She Can Do

  • The New York Times

IN September 1998, David Buechner, then 39, a prominent classical pianist, came out as a transgender woman, explaining that from then on, she would live and perform as Sara Davis Buechner. The pianist had been accustomed to rave reviews (at 24, David, in his New York City concert debut, was called “an extraordinary young artist” by a New York Times critic). But the debut as Sara, reported in a Times magazine article, was not so well received, even by loved ones.

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Interview with out pianist Sara D.Buechner

  • Tokyo Wrestling

Née David in Baltimore, USA, Sara Davis Buechner came out as a transgendered woman in the 1990’s. She was in the midst of a brilliant career as a classical pianist and teacher. A graduate of the music program at New York’s Julliard School, she was awarded the bronze medal in the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition. Held in Moscow every four years, the Tchaikovsky is the Olympics of classical music: very prestigious!

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BC大学ビュックナー先生、宮崎オーナー訪問。トロント猛虎会BLOGより。 記事をクリップするクリ

  • Yahoo! Japan

写真1:まるで入団発表? 宮崎オーナー(右)に帽子をかぶせてもらうビュクナー教授(撮影・河南真一)日刊スポーツ
写真2:宮崎オーナー(右)から阪神の帽子を贈られ感無量のサラ・ビュクナーさん=甲子園 デイリースポーツ
写真3:サラ・ビュクナーさん(左)と阪神の宮崎恒彰オーナー 朝日ドットコム
写真4:カナダから来日した熱烈な阪神ファンのピアニスト、サラ・ビュクナーさんに帽子をかぶせる宮崎オーナー スポニチ大阪

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Sara Davis Buechner Biography

  • Musician Guide

Because pianists, unlike violinists, for example, depend on an instrument of remarkable technical complexity, listeners are sometimes tempted to believe that all pianists with a perfect technique have so much in common that telling them apart must be a tremendous task. True, in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, a high level of virtuosity is taken for granted. Nevertheless, even among flawless players, one immediately discerns profound differences.

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