Acclaimed pianist returns

Staff writer
March 21, 2014 01:00 AM

Acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner returns to the Coast Recital Society this Sunday afternoon March 23.

Acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner returns to the Coast Recital Society (CRS) this Sunday afternoon March 23. The show starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Raven's Cry Theatre, Sechelt, and will feature a program of music by Mozart, Turina, Gershwin, Arensky and Stravinsky.

Praised on four continents for her "intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess" (New York Times) and "thoughtful artistry in the full service of music" (Washington Post), she won the gold medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and a bronze medal in the 1986 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition.

Buechner received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Juilliard School, studying with celebrated Czech pianist Rudolf Firkusny.

She received her doctorate in music from the Manhattan School of Music. She is an assistant professor of piano at the University of British Columbia.

Buechner has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prominent orchestras, among them New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland and the BBC Philharmonic. Recital appearances include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Prague's Dvorák Hall and Kyoto's Alti Hall. She enjoys a special following throughout Asia where she tours annually.

Buechner's numerous recordings have received prominent critical appraisal. The New York Times greeted her CD of piano music by Rudolf Friml as a "revelation" and devoted the front page of its Sunday Arts & Leisure section to her world première recording of the Bach-Busoni Goldberg Variations. Current projects include a multi-CD collection of Bach's keyboard works in the 1919 edition of Ferruccio Busoni.

Buechner has commissioned new works and given premières and prominent performances of important new music and film scores. She is one of the few pianists to actively perform piano scores to silent movies, including notable restorations Battleship Potemkin and Ben-Hur, performed at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. A previous CRS appearance was in 2007.

For tickets, contact Stephanie Crane at 604-740-2051 or email

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