Sara Davis Buechner
Sara Davis Buechner enjoys a vibrant international performance and recording career as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “fascinating and astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post). She established her early career as inner of a bouquet of prizes at the world’s great piano competitions, including the Gold Medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and a Bronze Medal in the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.
With an active repertoire of over 100 piano concertos ranging from Bach to Wuorinen, she has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras: New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Vancouver, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Birmingham (U.K.), BBC Philharmonic, Kuopio (Finland), Slovak Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain). The New York Times greeted CD of piano music by Rudolf Friml as a “revelation,” and devoted the front page of its Sunday Arts & Leisure section to her 1997 world première recording of the Bach-Busoni “Goldberg” Variations. Ms. Buechner’s versatility extends to many premières of new music, and collaborations with film and dance projects.
A former faculty member of New York University and principal consultant to Dover Publications International, she has presented lectures and masterclasses worldwide. Now a Canadian resident, Sara Davis Buechner is Associate Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia School in Vancouver. She plays the Yamaha Piano exclusively.
Photography - Yukiko Onley, Vancouver
Accomplished, versatile, brilliant, are descriptors frequently linked to Canadian pianist, James Parker. To put it simply, he is among the most sought after artists. Mr. Parker’s achievements are both lengthy and impressive. his musical roots can be traced to the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia where he studied with Kum Sing Lee. He then went on and received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus. Dr. Parker continues the teaching tradition as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance on the music faculty at the University of Toronto.
Awards came early and often. Beginning in 1984 with a first prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, James served notice that he was a rising star. The CBC competition concurred, selecting him winner of the 25th National Competition for Young Performers. The Virginia Parker Award as the most promising young classical artist soon followed, further solidifying Parker’s place as one of Canada’s best.
Concerts given by Dr. Parker consistently garner artistic acclaim. His style has earned him praise as “one of the most searching musical intellects and 10 of the nimblest fingers in the business” according to The Globe and Mail. James has enthralled audiences in North America and Europe, counting diplomats and dignitaries among his receptive audiences. He has made frequent appearances on CBC, and has performed on Bravo!, the CanWest Global Network, MuchMusic and a myriad of stations across the globe.
A consummate professional, James is recognized as a soloist, a chamber musician and as the pianist for Canada’s foremost ensemble, the Gryphon Trio. Add to this his critically acclaimed performances with major Canadian symphonies like Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Quebec City, Edmonton, National Arts Centre, Symphony Nova Scotia and many in between, one is reminded of the scope of his contributions to the national classical music scene. With three JUNO recording awards and many other nominations from his vast discography, James Parker continues to graciously strive to do it all.
(Unofficially, he’s still Jamie to us.)
James Parker is a Steinway Artist.
Photography - Shin Sugino, Toronto
Janet Scott Hoyt
Janet Scott Hoyt is a performer and pedagogue with a wealth of experience on the concert stage and in the teaching studio. Active as a chamber musician, soloist and recording artist, performances have taken her across Canada, United States and to Europe.
Born and raised in Alberta, she graduated from the University of Alberta, furthering her studies in Europe and at The Banff Centre. She maintained a long association with The Banff Centre, participating as a collaborative pianist during the summer programs from 1973 till 2007. During her career, she has performed with many internationally renowned artists, including Sidney Harth, Zara Nelsova, Barry Tuckwell, Jeanne Baxtresser, Shauna Rolston and Raphael Wallfisch. Among her many performances are premières of works by composers Violet Archer, Srul Irving Glick, Malcolm Forsyth and Oskar Morawetz.
An active recording artist, her recordings include a CD with her husband David Hoyt and violinist Erika Raum featuring horn trios by Johannes Brahms and Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum. Other recordings have included “The Passionate Englishman” with cellist Tanya Prochazka, “Inspiration” with Lidia Khaner, principal oboist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and “From the Library of Joseph Szigeti” with violinist Guillaume Tardif. Her most recent project is a recording of the Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin with Martin Riseley.
In 1998, Janet Scott Hoyt joined the faculty of the University of Alberta, where she supervises a graduate program in piano pedagogy. Her interest and expertise in educating young musicians results in frequent invitations from across the country for workshops, masterclasses and competition juries.