David Buechner, piano
Baltimore native David Buechner, the highest ranking American prizewinner at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, is an artist of startling achievement. His long list of awards dates back to his student days at the Juilliard School where he received an unprecedented total of six major scholarships. Since that time, he has made his mark at numerous piano competitions, including the 1984 Utah Symphony Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the 1983 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition, and the International Piano Competitions of Leeds, Sydney, Vina del Mar, and Vienna. In recognition of his great success on both coasts (the Kennedy Center in Washington, the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in New York, and the Ambassador Auditorium of Pasadena), he was granted the National Endowment for the Arts' Solo Recitalist Grant.
In Baltimore, David Buechner studied with Reynaldo Reyes and later worked with Rudolf Firkusny and Byron Janis. Under such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, Sergiu Comissiona, Raymond Leppard, David Zinman, and Joseph Silverstein, he has performed with many of the country's major symphony orchestras, including Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Buffalo, Rochester, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, Indianapolis, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the American Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Overseas, Mr. Buechner has been heard with the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Philharmonie van Antwerpen, the BBC Philharmonic, the Moscow State Radio Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, and on tour throughout Japan and Australia.
Recent projects include Richard Danielpour's Metamorphosis for Piano and Orchestra with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Symphony, Charles Wuorinen's Concerto #3 with the Minnesota Orchestra, Rhapsody in Blue with Andreas Delfts and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Prokofiev's Third Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony. 1991-92 highlights include Rhapsody in Blue with David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as well as Leonard Slatkin and the Cleveland Orchestra; a return to Minnesota for Mozart K. 415 under Nicholas McGegan; and recitals in New York City and Washington, D.C.
David Buechner records for the Connoisseur Label. Current releases include a recording of all-Czech works, the piano version of Stravinsky's Petrouchka, a Brahms/Dvorak recording, and works by the Spanish composer, Joaquin Turina. In December of 1991, he recorded an all-Gershwin album. Mr. Buechner plays a Yamaha piano.
October 24, 1992