Brian Buch (born 1984) received his Doctorate in Music Composition from Boston University and his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Brian teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New England Conservatory School of Music and privately teaches composition, classical and jazz piano, and a unique ear-training system discovered by Alla Cohen in developing perfect pitch.
As a composer, Brian writes for all genres of classical music from orchestral to chamber and solo instruments and is a founding member of the International Cat Murr Composer's Society. He has studied with Alla Cohen - his primary mentor, Sam Headrick, Richard Cornell, Don Freund, and Sven-David Sandström. His works have been performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Russia.
Many of Brian's compositions have received national and international recognition, including two second place prizes and a first prize from the MTNA Young Artist Composition Competitions, two Honorable Mentions from the International Robert Helps Composition Competitions and one from the Second International Lepo Sumera Composition Competition in Tallinn, Estonia, a finalist prize in the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Composition Competition in Brussels, a finalist in the 4th International Haifa Composers Composition Competition in Haifa, Israel, a recipient of the 2009/2010 Wainwright Prize, a winner of the Boston University Soloists Composition Competition, recipient of numerous ASCAP Plus awards, admission for the UpBeat Ensemble in Milna Croatia, and a finalist award in the Second International Competition for Young Composers named after Nicolay Myaskovsky at the Moscow Conservatory. Brian has collaborated and received commissions from the Daedalus Quartet, JACK Quartet, ALEA III, Xanthos Ensemble, Balletik Duo, RUSQuartet, New England String Quartet, Yevgeny Kutik, and the Grammy Award winning ensemble Orchestra of Our Time.
His music has been released by record labels MSR Classics, Marquis Classics, and ABLAZE Records and broadcast on NPR, All Things Considered with Robert Siegel, New England Public Radio, WGBH, WHRB Harvard, Russian Television Network of America (RTN), and Italy's Radio Taukay online radio for contemporary music. He has released three albums of original music – From the River Flow the Stars (string quartets performed by the Daedalus Quartet), Poems to Sing at Night (solo piano works performed by Buch), and Stone of Traveling Winds (live performances of chamber works).