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Sara Davis Buechner: “Music Is a Path to a Higher Reality, to a Very, Very Beautiful Place. My Whole Life I’ve Wanted to Be In That Place and I’ve Wanted to Take People There With Me”


This interview with renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner provides a multifaceted exploration of her life, career, and perspectives on music. The interview spans her early exposure to classical music in Baltimore, her formative years studying piano with notable teachers, including Hungarian refugee Veronika Wolf and Filipino pianist Reynaldo Reyes, and her transformative journey through gender transition. Buechner shares vivid anecdotes, from her childhood fascination with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro to encounters with pianist André Watts and mentor Rudolf Firkušný. The interview delves into the evolution of Buechner’s musical identity, her unconventional approach to repertoire, and the challenges and triumphs of her gender transition.

Buechner reflects on the impact of societal attitudes, particularly during her formative years, and discusses her experiences as a transgender musician. The interview touches on her observations regarding the changing landscape of classical music, including challenges posed by electronic distractions and evolving audience preferences. Buechner also addresses her concerns about societal issues, expressing a critical viewpoint on racial and social injustices and the political climate in the United States. Despite a nuanced outlook, Buechner remains optimistic about the potential for classical music’s enduring significance, emphasizing the role of young musicians in promoting inclusivity and diversity in the arts. Finally, she underscores the transformative power of music as a vehicle for introspection, social awareness, and the pursuit of a higher reality.

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