Pianist Michael Bukhman is becoming widely known as a top collaborator, chamber musician, and pedagogue. He is the first Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, where he is the head of an innovative new Master of Music in Collaborative Piano program. As an educator, Bukhman is focused on preparing students for 21st-century careers in the rapidly growing collaborative field by incorporating an integrative, technologically-savvy, real-world approach: Students are trained equally in the vocal and instrumental tracks, maintain their solo repertoire, perform in dozens of concerts (including outreach), and receive cutting-edge career support to ensure maximum employability post-graduation. Prior to his appointment to TCU, Bukhman served on the staff and faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and previously taught at Bard and Vassar Colleges. In the Spring of 2017 Bukhman was Guest Artist in Residence at the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH. He was also recently invited to present solo and chamber masterclasses at Soochow University in Taipei, and previously taught, performed, and presented masterclasses at Shenandoah University, Concordia College, and Towson University.
Bukhman maintains a busy performing schedule world-wide. Upcoming performances in the summer of 2019 include appearances at the PianoTexas Festival in Fort Worth, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and the Heifetz Institute. Previous music festival concert appearances include Yellow Barn Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, and the Ojai Music Festival. He has served as faculty for the Young Artist Program at Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Killington Music Festival. The fall 2019 season includes a violin-piano tour across China, with masterclasses presented at several leading music conservatories in major Chinese cities (for up-to-date details, check out the Concerts tab). Previous tours to Asia included performances with his wife, violist Xinyi Xu, in several cities in China, and a Japan recital debut in Tokyo’s Ginza Yamaha Hall. His 2013 performance with violinist Itzhak Perlman in Sarasota, Florida, was lauded for its “brilliant playing” and having “pushed the audience to the edge of frenzy” (Herald-Tribune). In June of 2016 Bukhman performed a duo recital with Grammy award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian to great acclaim at the American Viola Society Festival in Oberlin, OH. He has also collaborated with Nobuko Imai, Donald Weilerstein, Dawn Upshaw, Sergiu Schwartz, Peter Frankl, Roger Tapping, Anthony Marwood, and many others.
While at Bard College, Bukhman founded Play/Chat@Bard, a concert series showcasing young musicians in performance with informal conversation. These popular concerts featured some of the most up-and-coming musicians of our time in collaboration with Bukhman, including the Attacca Quartet, Metropolitan Opera soprano Rebecca Ringle, and violinist Tessa Lark. In addition to the standard repertoire, Bukhman has a keen interest in showcasing the music of our time, performing and often premiering the solo piano and chamber music of such composers as Jonathan Harvey, Osvaldo Golijov, Philippe Hersant, Arlene Sierra, Judith Shatin, Tzvi Avni, and others.
Passionate about serving the community through music, Bukhman was a regular roster pianist on Boston’s charitable Music for Food concert series, performing with Kim Kashkashian and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others. Under his leadership, Music for Food recently debuted in Fort Worth to great acclaim, garnering thousands of dollars in its first concert to benefit the local food bank.
Bukhman attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Robert Shannon, where he became the first in that institution’s history to graduate with Honors in Piano Performance. As part of his Honors project, Bukhman recorded and self-produced the complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, performing ten of them in one recital. He holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald. An award-winning pianist, Bukhman’s accolades include: medalist in the 2009 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; top-ranked winner of the 2005 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship; first-prize winner at the 2006 Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings; and laureate of the 2006 Gina Bachauer Competition at the Juilliard School.