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Sarai Buchanan

  • Degrees and StudiesChicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, B.M.A., The City College of New York, M.A.
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2018
Born in: Chicago, Illinois 

Performances and Distinctions:  As a soloist and collaborative artist, Sarai has appeared at several international music festivals including the International Music Academies in Cremona, Italy and Regensburg, Germany (2011), the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy (2012-13), and the American Fine Arts Festival (2018). In 2016, she formed DUO RAÍZ with Mexican-born guitarist Andrea Salcedo. They presented their debut recital in Chicago’s Pianoforte Salon in November 2016. Additionally, Sarai has performed at New York’s Merkin Hall and Shephard Recital Hall at the City College of New York, where she has participated in chamber and solo recitals.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "As a Suzuki piano teacher, I rely on the tenets of the Suzuki approach, using the “mother-tongue” approach to nurture a love for music and to build consistent practicing habits. I use my own technical background from the Russian school of piano to develop my students’ technique and performance skills.  I have a wide knowledge of the piano repertoire, which I use as a supplement to the Suzuki repertoire according to the students needs."