Hailed as “discerningly intense” (The Boston Globe), giving a “riveting performance that engaged us both musically and intellectually” (The Dayton City Paper), and praised for “great playing” (The Boston Globe), pianist Michael Bukhman is becoming widely known as a top collaborator, chamber musician, and solo artist. 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.
Bukhman’s concert appearances have taken him all across the United States, Israel, Canada, and Europe. He has recently performed in several cities in China with his wife, violist Xinyi Xu, and has given his Japan recital debut in Tokyo’s Ginza Yamaha Hall. 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. Notable music festival concert appearances include Yellow Barn Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, and the Ojai Music Festival. He has also performed on Boston’s charitable Music For Food concert series with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the standard repertoire, Bukhman has a keen interest in showcasing the music of our time, performing and 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.
Bukhman served as visiting assistant professor of music at Bard College, where he 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 with Bukhman at the piano, including the Attacca Quartet, Metropolitan Opera soprano Rebecca Ringle, and violinist Tessa Lark. He had previously taught at Vassar College, and has served as faculty for the Young Artist Program at Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Killington Music Festival. In the Spring of 2017 Bukhman was Guest Artist in Residence at 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 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. Bukhman served on the staff and faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and is currently assistant professor of collaborative piano and chamber music at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.