About The Event
Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), Japan’s InTune magazine sums up: “Buechner has no superior.” In her twenties Ms. Buechner earned top prizes at the world’s premiere international piano competitions — Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, Mozart, Beethoven, and Sydney. She was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Gold Medalist of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Ms. Buechner has performed in every state and province of North America — as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra; and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. As a proud transgender woman, Ms. Buechner also appears as a speaker and performer at LGBTQ events, and has contributed interviews and articles about her own experience to numerous media outlets worldwide.
Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni was born in Tuscany in 1866. He was a child prodigy, a virtuoso pianist, and a composer of brilliant, intellectually powerful works. He taught piano and aesthetics in Helsinki, Moscow, New York, and Berlin.
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Image: Sara Davis Buechner / courtesy of the Italian Academy