Sara Davis Buechner (born David Buechner, 1959)[1] is an American concert pianist and educator. She has been an assistant professor of piano at the University of British Columbia since 2003,[2] and was formerly a member of the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New York University.[3]

Buechner received her undergraduate degree from Juilliard School, and received her doctorate in music from the Manhattan School of Music.[4]

She underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1998.[4] She dislikes the term "transsexual", and is said to be "mildly peeved" about being referred to as such, stating that living as a woman was the only honest way to live her life.[5]

She has performed with many different orchestras with an active repertoire of almost 100 concertos, and has given master classes at locations across the world.[6]


  • Mujeres Espanolas - Piano Works of Joaquin Turina (1992)
  • The American Flute (1993) (with flutist Robert Stallman)
  • Henry Martin: Preludes and Fugues (1990-92) (1994)
  • Mozart: Piano Sonatas (1995)
  • The Paradine Case - Hollywood Piano Concertos (1995)
  • Bach-Busoni "Goldberg" Variations (1997)
  • Miklos Rozsa: Complete Works For Solo Piano (1999)
  • Stephen Foster: Complete Piano Works (2002)
  • Rudolf Friml: Piano Music (2003)
  • Bygone Days - Music for Violin and Piano by Rudolf Friml (2004) (with violinist Stephanie Chase)
  • George Gershwin - Original Works and Transcriptions for Solo Piano (2005)
  • Nineteen Rags Of Joseph Lamb
  • Variations And Other Works of Brahms And Dvorak
  • Works of Busoni and Stravinsky
  • Gershwin: Second Rhapsody/Addinsell: "Warsaw" Concerto
  • Tchaikowsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 23


Buechner was a prizewinner for piano at the 1983 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition.[7] She was awarded the Gold Medal at the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and won the Bronze Medal[4] in the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.[3]


  1. "Allmusic: David Buechner > overview", retrieved February 25, 2007.
  2. "Sara Davis Buechner - About Sara", retrieved February 25, 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Sara Davis Buechner - US Pianist", retrieved February 25, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Minderovic, Z. "Sara Davis Buechner Biography", retrieved March 15, 2007.
  5. Alexander Varty, "Beyond the standards", Georgia Straight, August 2, 2007.
  6. "Sara Davis Buechner - Concerto Repertoire", retrieved February 25, 2007.
  7. "Queen Elisabeth music competition, David (Sarah Davis) Buechner", retrieved February 25, 2007.

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