Tchaikovsky and Star Pianist Sara Davis Buechner

Concert Information

Performance dates
Adam Johnson, conductor
Sara Davis Buechner, piano
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

Stravinsky: Octet
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Dvořák: Piano Concerto
Litolff: Scherzo, from Concerto symphonique

Sara Davis Buechner is a multi-award-winning, internationally beloved pianist of “intelligence, integrity, and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times). Experience her jaw-dropping skill live in Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of Dvořák’s deeply challenging, rarely heard Piano Concerto – alongside a special bonus performance of Litolff’s galloping, devilish, near-impossible Scherzo. Plus, hear one of Tchaikovsky’s most inspired masterpieces, “among the best he ever wrote” (Classic FM) – the exhilarating, breathtaking Serenade for Strings.

This concert will also be performed at Convocation Hall in Wolfville.

About the Artists

Adam Johnson, conductor

Award-winning Canadian conductor Adam Johnson has been praised as “an exciting talent” and for his “charismatic, commanding presence” on the podium. In September 2016, he became Assistant Conductor of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed Resident Conductor in June 2018. He works closely with Music Director Kent Nagano, and has conducted more than 60 concerts with the OSM.

Prior to his tenure in Montréal, Johnson served for three seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, initially as Resident Conductor (2013-2015), and subsequently as Associate Conductor (2015-2016); he returned to the Calgary Philharmonic with pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin in April 2017, and maintains a yearly presence on the podium. He also regularly guest-conducts the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, having been invited to conduct three different programs in the 2017/18 season alone, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Québec, Trois-Rivières, Saskatoon, and Thunder Bay symphony orchestras.

In 2015, Adam Johnson received the prestigious Jean-Marie-Beaudet Award for Orchestral Conducting from the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal and a Prize in Orchestral Conducting from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He also pursued additional training in conducting at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Pierre Monteux School in Maine, USA.

As a piano soloist and chamber musician, Adam Johnson has performed extensively throughout Canada, as well as in France and Japan. He has participated in master classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre, and Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary. In high demand as a pedagogue before concentrating his activities in performing, he served on the faculties of the McGill Conservatory (2010-2013) and the Université du Québec à Montréal (2013). He has also taught harmony, analysis, and chamber music, and translated a major treatise on harmonic analysis from French to English.

Pre-concert chat

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Ticket info

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