Sara Davis Buechner
Buechner was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied with Veronika Wolf Cohen, Reynaldo Reyes and Mieczyslaw Münz. She attended the Juilliard School as a pupil of Czech pianist Rudolf Firkusny, and later worked with both Byron Janis and Paul Badura-Skoda. In her twenties she won major prizes at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition (1983), the Leeds International Piano Competition (1984), the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (6th prize, Bronze Medal 1986) and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (1984, Gold Medal). Her 1984 debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York City received a glowing review in the New York Times, and she has had an active performance career since that time.
Buechner has been on the piano faculty at Temple University since 2016, and had previously served on the faculty of the University of British Columbia from 2003-2016, and was formerly a member of the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New York University.
Buechner is a transgender person, and underwent a sex-change operation in 2002. Buechner dislikes the term "transsexual", and is said to be "mildly peeved" about being referred to as such, stating that living as a woman was the only honest way to live life. Buechner wrote about the transgender life experiences in a 2013 article in the New York Times.
Buechner has performed with many different orchestras with an active repertoire of almost 100 concertos, and has given master classes in several countries.
- Mujeres Españolas - Piano Works of Joaquin Turina (1992)
- The American Flute (1993) (with flutist Robert Stallman)
- Henry Martin: Preludes and Fugues (1990-92) (1994)
- Mozart: Piano Sonatas (1995)
- The Paradine Case - Hollywood Piano Concertos (1995)
- Bach-Busoni "Goldberg" Variations (1997)
- Miklos Rozsa: Complete Works For Solo Piano (1999)
- Stephen Foster: Complete Piano Works (2002)
- Rudolf Friml: Piano Music (2003)
- Bygone Days - Music for Violin and Piano by Rudolf Friml (2006) (with violinist Stephanie Chase)
- George Gershwin - Original Works and Transcriptions for Solo Piano (2005)
- Nineteen Rags Of Joseph Lamb
- Variations And Other Works of Brahms And Dvorak
- Works of Busoni and Stravinsky
- Gershwin: Second Rhapsody/Addinsell: "Warsaw" Concerto
- Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 23
- The first Beethoven Fellowship of the American Pianists Association in 1981
- Gold Medal at the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition
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