Sara Davis Buechner

Sara Davis Buechner has been celebrated as a pianist of notable accomplishment, virtuosic mastery, artistic sensibility and extraordinary versatility. She was a prizewinner in many of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney and Vienna. She was the Grand Prizewinner of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and the top American Prizewinner of the 1986 Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow.

She has appeared with many of America's most prominent orchestras including The New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, has Played widely throughout Europe and Asia, and with such foreign orchestras as the Japan Philharmonic, the Birmingham (U.K.) Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Léon (Spain). Last season she made her recital debut at Lincoln Center's "Mostly Mozart" Festival.

Ms. Buechner's recording of solo works by George Gershwin was selected as "Record of the Month" in May 1994 by Stereophile magazine, and her 1997 recording of the Bach-Busoni "Goldberg" Variations was profiled in the Recording View column of the New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure section.

Her most recent releases are recordings of piano music by Stephen Foster for Pro Piano Records, and Rudolf Friml. Ms. Buechner is also one of the only pianists to actively perform with silent movies, such as the 150-minute-long restored score to Ben Hur (1925), which was presented at the Walter Reade Theatre by the Film Society of Lincolin Center.

Profiles of Ms. Buechner have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Paris Match, and she has been featured on the television programs Entertainment Tonight and Extra. She teaches piano and chamber music at New York University, and has presented master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the United States and Japan.