Brian Buch

Pianist and composer Brian Buch received his Bachelor of Music degree in music composition with an emphasis in piano performance from Indiana University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from Boston University. His primary teachers have been Alla Cohen, Sam Headrick, Richard Cornell, and Sven-David Sandstrom. Buch is on the faculty at Berklee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the New England Conservatory of Music, and gives private instruction in composition, classical and jazz piano, and theory and ear training.

As a composer, Buch writes for all genres of classical and jazz music. As a pianist, he is constantly in demand and frequently performs classical, jazz, and rock throughout the country. His music has been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, Estonia, Bosnia, and Serbia; broadcast on NPR, the Russian Television Network, WGBH, WHRB Harvard, and Italy’s Radio Taukay online radio for contemporary music; and released on record label Marquis Classics, MSR Classics, and Ablaze Records. Buch has released three CDs of original music: Stone of Traveling Winds, Poems to Sing at Night, and From the River Flow the Stars.

  • Career Highlights
    • Performances with Daedalus Quartet, JACK Quartet, RUSQuartet, Yevgeny Kutik, and Estonian National Symphony
    • Recordings include From the River Flow the Stars, a CD of string quartets (MSR Classics); Poems to Sing at Night, a CD of solo piano works; Stone of Traveling Winds, a CD of chamber works; and Music from the Suitcase, arrangements of "Oyfn Pripetshik" (Marquis Classics)
  • Awards
    • 2007 MTNA National Level Composition Competition winner
    • 2007 Queen Elisabeth Composition Competition finalist
    • Fourth International Haifa Composers Competition finalist
    • II Lepo Sumera Composition Competition finalist
  • Education
    • D.M.A., Boston University, composition
    • B.M.A., Indiana University, composition and piano

In Their Own Words

"I want my students to understand our course material in a way that allows them to utilize the material in their own voice. I love seeing my students apply a topic to their own creative output, which in turn expands upon our lesson plan and broadens their musical vocabulary."

"My background is very diverse. I have been playing and composing classical, jazz, and rock music my whole life, and have performed with all different types of groups of many musical genres. In my teaching and playing, I find it helpful to be able to talk about these cross relations. Relating new and foreign topics to my students through a familiar genre of music is very helpful in connecting with my class in our lessons."