Nathan Buckner, piano (Associate Professor) joined the U.N.K. music faculty in 1997. Mr. Buckner has appeared throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. Performances include solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center, as well as chamber concerts with the DaCapo Chamber Players at Merkin Hall, and Washington's Contemporary Music Forum at the Corcoran Gallery. He has appeared summers as artist and teacher at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp: Michigan (2003-2006), Delmarva Piano Festival: Delaware (1992-2007), and Shandong University Summer Session: Weihai, China (2008). Other performances include multi-recital tours of Taiwan and Mexico; performances in China, Korea, Belarus, and Slovenia; and a recital series "The Nine Mature Piano Sonatas of Franz Schubert" in 2007.
Mr. Buckner is a champion of both contemporary and historic American piano music. Since the 1980s, he has commissioned and performed piano works by numerous emerging American composers.
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Mr. Buckner holds a B.M. from The Juilliard School, an M.M. from Indiana University and a D.M.A. from University of Maryland. His studied piano with Shoshana Cohen, Olegna Fuschi, Beveridge Webster, Edward Auer, and Thomas Schumacher; and early keyboard instruments with Albert Fuller. At U.N.K. he teaches applied piano, piano literature, and core curricula.