Sara Davis Buechner

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Sara Davis Buechner (born David Buechner, 1959)[1] is an American concert pianist and educator.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Buechner received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Juilliard School, studying with the Czech pianist Rudolf Firkusny. She received her doctorate in music from the Manhattan School of Music.[2]

She has been an assistant professor of piano at the University of British Columbia since 2003,[3] and was formerly a member of the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New York University.[4]

Buechner underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2002.[5] She 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 her life.[6] She wrote of her experiences in a 2013 article in the New York Times.[5]

She has performed with many different orchestras with an active repertoire of almost 100 concertos, and has given master classes at in several countries.[7]

Buechner is a Yamaha Artist, and has made several recordings for the Disklavier player system.[citation needed]


  • 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


Buechner was awarded the first Beethoven Fellowship of the American Pianists Association in 1981. She was a prizewinner for piano at the 1983 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition.[8] She was awarded the Gold Medal at the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and won a Bronze Medal[2] in the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.[4]


  1. ^ "Allmusic: David Buechner > overview", retrieved February 25, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Minderovic, Z. "Sara Davis Buechner Biography", retrieved March 15, 2007.
  3. ^ "Sara Davis Buechner - About Sara", retrieved February 25, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Sara Davis Buechner - US Pianist", retrieved February 25, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Sara Davis Buechner (February 4, 2013). "My Story: An Evolving Country Begins to Accept Sara, Once David". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Alexander Varty, "Beyond the standards", Georgia Straight, August 2, 2007.
  7. ^ "Sara Davis Buechner - Concerto Repertoire", retrieved February 25, 2007.
  8. ^ "Queen Elisabeth music competition, David (Sarah Davis) Buechner", retrieved February 25, 2007.

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