Welcome to the website of the composer, pianist, transcriptionist, and educator Brian Buch.
Brian Buch received his Doctorate in Music Composition from Boston University and his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Brian is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of music and privately teaches composition, classical and jazz piano, and a unique ear-training system discovered by Alla Cohen in developing perfect pitch. As a composer, Brian writes for all genres of classical music from orchestral to chamber and solo instruments and is a founding member of the International Cat Murr Composer's Society. His principal composition teacher and mentor is Alla Cohen (New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music) with whom he maintains a close personal and musical connection. He has also studied composition with Don Freund, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandström, at IU, with Nancy de Van Vate in Vienna, Austria, and Sam Headrick and Richard Cornell at BU. Brian has studied classical piano with Faina Koffman, Edward Auer, Reiko Neriki, Gerald Stofsky, and jazz piano with Dick Odgren. Brian’s works have been performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Estonia, and Russia.
As a pianist, Brian performs classical and jazz music throughout the Boston area and in Nantucket during the summer. He has performed for such notable figures as John Kerry, Chris Matthews, Deval Patrick, Tom O'Neill, and Ed Markey. He is active in premiering new works both as a soloist and participant in chamber ensembles. Brian frequently conducts and works with groups focused on contemporary music.
Many of Brian’s compositions have received national and international recognition, including two second place prizes and a first prize from the MTNA Young Artist Composition Competitions, two Honorable Mentions from the International Robert Helps Composition Competitions and one from the Second International Lepo Sumera Composition Competition in Tallinn, Estonia, a finalist prize in the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Composition Competition in Brussels, a finalist in the 4th International Haifa Composers Composition Competition in Haifa, Israel, a recipient of the 2009/2010 Wainwright Prize, a winner of the Boston University Soloists Composition Competition, recipient of numerous ASCAP Plus awards, and a finalist in the Second International Competition for Young Composers named after Nicolay Myaskovsky at the Moscow Conservatory. Brian has collaborated and recieved commissions from ALEA III, Xanthos Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Balletik Duo, RUSQuartet, New England String Quartet, Yevgeny Kutik, and the Grammy Award winning ensemble Orchestra of Our Time. His music has been broadcast on WGBH, WHRB Harvard, and Italy’s Radio Taukay online radio for contemporary music.
"...He wept, laughed, sighed, his gaze was tender, soft or furious: a woman swooning with grief, a poor wretch abandoned in the depth of his despair, a temple rising into view, birds falling silent at eventide, waters murmuring... 'Now that is what you call music and a musician"