Yamaha and Renowned Concert Pianist Sara Davis Buechner Celebrate 30 Years of Rich Artistic Collaboration

NEW YORK (May 24, 2017) – In celebration of her 30th year as a Yamaha Artist, internationally renowned concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on June 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The recital is being presented as the closing event of the Key Pianists Series, founded by Terry Eder.

Performing on a Yamaha CFX concert grand piano, Ms. Buechner will present a Japanese-themed recital, including Yukiko Nishimura's Ten Etudes, Kouji Taku's Variations on a Theme of Poulenc and Yoshinao Nakada's Piano Sonata. She will also perform Jacques Ibert's Histoires for piano, to choreography by renowned mime dancer and mask maker Yayoi Hirano.

Praised as a musician of "intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess" (The New York Times), Ms. Buechner has been lauded for her "thoughtful artistry in the full service of music" (The Washington Post). Her recent Koch International CD of piano music by Rudolf Friml was hailed as a "revelation" by The New York Times. 

The longtime relationship between Yamaha and Ms. Buechner is the fruitful synergy of a widely revered piano pedagogue and internationally-renowned virtuoso with the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer. This collaboration has included explorations with the latest cutting-edge technologies and recordings made capable by the Yamaha Diskalvier reproducing piano, critically acclaimed performances on Yamaha concert grands on stages all over the world, and most recently the selection of Yamaha pianos for Ms. Buechner's teaching studio at Temple University. 

"My mother bought a Yamaha G-3 Piano for our home in Baltimore in 1969, when I was just nine years old. At the time, very few Americans even realized that Yamaha made pianos. But my mother, my piano teacher Reynaldo Reyes, and I daresay myself too! – we all knew quality when we saw and heard it. That Yamaha accompanied my own growth from Bach Inventions to the Rachmaninoff First Concerto, which I played in the finals of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. I was the first pianist ever to play Yamaha in that competition – and now just look at how many grand prizewinners all over the world choose Yamaha as the instrument to convey their most important musical messages."

Added Ms. Buechner, "I often say to my own students: you may look at the keyboard of the Yamaha CFX and see black and white, but when you grasp those keys, you will hear and paint colors of every kaleidoscopic possibility."

Ms. Buechner burst onto the classical music scene in the mid-1980s, collecting prizes at the world's premiere piano competitions, such as Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney and Vienna, as well as the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. 

With an unprecedented repertoire comprising more than 100 piano concertos – one of the largest of any concert pianist today – she has appeared as a soloist with many of the world's prominent orchestras: New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Montréal, Tokyo and Qingdao; as well as the Japan Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and Moscow Radio Symphony, among others. As a recitalist, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center; as well as venues across Asia. 

Sara Davis Buechner has given premieres of important new music and film scores by such composers as Larry Bell, Dorothy Chang, Stephen Chatman and Pierre Charvet. A frequent collaborator with choreographers and performance artists, Ms. Buechner has toured extensively as a pianist with the Mark Morris Dance Group.  

In 2016, Ms. Buechner joined the prestigious piano faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a former faculty member of New York University and the University of British Columbia. An adjudicator at several international competitions, Ms. Buechner has presented lectures and masterclasses worldwide, notably at the Royal Academy in London, The Juilliard School in New York City and the Shanghai Conservatory, among numerous others. Learn more at www.saradavisbuechner.com

"Sara Davis Buechner is the consummate Yamaha Artist," says Director of Yamaha Artist Services Bonnie Barrett. "As a prolific concert and recording artist, she inspires music lovers with her thrilling performances, sheer virtuosity and innate musicality. As a devoted teacher, she inspires students with her commitment to artistic excellence and service to the music imparted with her own unique wit and wisdom. Her journey as a musician and as a human being, with her unwavering grace, humor, courage and resilience, inspires all of us. I am so proud Sara Davis Buechner has chosen Yamaha pianos to be her partner along the way and I congratulate her on this wonderful milestone."