Tuesday, January 1, 2002

John van Buskirk

John van Buskirk

Biography for John van Buskirk, Pianist

John Van Buskirk, a versatile pianist referred to by the New York Times as “sensitive and assertive”, has a broad experience of music as an academic and as a practical discipline. He has played from Los Angeles and New York to Budapest, Prince Edward Island and the Netherland Antilles as a recitalist, chamber music player and recital partner to singers and instrumentalists.

A graduate from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, he completed post-graduate study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Wigmore Hall; also for radio broadcast in the USA and the UK.

John’s prolific recordings include those made as a member of The New York Chamber Symphony and the Harmonie Ensemble, amongst others. His solo recordings include Music of Robert Schumann, The Art of the Fortepiano, and Songs of Robert Schumann, with Jane Bryden, plus a recording of Allen Shawn’s Messages (Albany CD).

Since relocating to New Zealand, John has adjudicated several IRMT competitions, lectured and tutored at the University of Otago and served as an examiner for the New Zealand Music Examinations Board. He performs with violinist Tessa Petersen as the duo La Belle Alliance. This duo will be giving concerts in Brussels, London and Paris during September, playing programmes of Schubert, Bach and works by Mozart Fellows recorded on their recent CD, “RELEASE” (Ode Records).

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