Christopher Buchenholz

Christopher B.

New York, NY
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Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 5+ and special needs

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Christopher Buchenholz is an American composer whose orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works have been most favorably received in the United States and abroad. His compositions are best known for their extraordinary blend of traditional musical sound worlds, relentless counterpoint, intricate rhythmic aggregations, and innovative harmonic motion. His music has been described as "meta-tonal," incorporating tonal structures and tonally influenced relationships within fundamentally twelve-tone designs. Mr. Buchenholz' music reflects an intense and ongoing investigation of formal musical structures, created in a twelve-tone pitch-space, which itself is modeled after a more conventional, tonal pitch-space. This gives his music a familiar, yet strikingly new sound.Dr. Buchenholz studied at the High School of Music and Art, and studied composition at Carnegie-Mellon University with Lukas Foss and Leonardo Balada, and with Milton Babbitt at the Juilliard School, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in 2001, and a Master of Music degree in 2003. Thereafter, he studied Clarinet with Allen Blustine, and Composition with Joseph Dubiel, Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University, where he was awarded a Doctorate with distinction in 2006.Mr. Buchenholz' Commissions include Speculum Musicae, The Frelinghuysen Foundation, The Arditti Quartet, The Carnegie-Mellon Baroque Chamber Ensemble, The Carnegie-Mellon Philharmonic, Cuarteto Latinamericano, All Saints Church in Pasadena CA, The Disney Family Foundation and The National Arts Club.Christopher Buchenholz has received awards and honors from The Schubert Foundation, The George Gershwin Memorial Scholarship, The Gretchaninoff Memorial Prize in Composition, The American Academy Of Arts And Letters, The Dr. Boris and Eda Rapaport Prize, and The Henry Mancini Fellowship in Composition.Dr. Buchenholz, currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Yeshiva University, has also taught at the Juilliard School, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the Association to Benefit Children, New York University, and Columbia University. A native New Yorker, he began his musical career at the age of seven on CBS Sunday Morning. He also performed as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera from age eight to fourteen. He has performed at The Public Theatre, and The Kennedy Center, and has toured with the Philadelphia Oratorio Society.

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Jon Mar 1, 2019
Composition · In studio

Christopher is a great teacher and super knowledgeable about a wide variety of topics

Elisabeth Mar 1, 2019
Composition · In studio

I have been studying with Christopher for about a year. He has a lot of experience to share. A serious student would enjoy a positive atmosphere and his teaching methods will produce great and fast results with a fun learning environment. He is strict yet will make music fun for anyone. From working hard and studying with him I have been able to write music much better, more efficiently and creatively. 10 out 10 would recommend!!

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Anthony Mar 1, 2019
Music Theory · In home

Dr. B is a professor who will fascinate you and transmit to you his passion; by far the best professor i ever had, he will help you understand complex concepts and is always available to make sure you fully grasp and understand the material. He is very passionate about what he teaches and in addition he always has this positive energy which will make you smile and have a great time while learning. Last but not least i believe his advices of how to succeed in life towards your personal goals are extremely valuable and helpful. Thank you Dr. B. for showing me a whole new world.

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Adrian Mar 1, 2019
Ear Training · In home

I began working with Chris around four years ago, as a freshman in college seeking a specific higher music education--I have been a musician my entire life, and desire education on a conservatory level, but do not actually want to attend conservatory. I have found that most music teachers of any kind have their specific way of teaching, usually a combination of traditionalism and their personal methodology. This doesn't work for everyone, and in my opinion, is often the reason why most kids don't stick with piano lessons. In my case, Chris and I had coincidentally similar experiences learning music--we both have strong ears that we could use to "cheat" as it were. I wanted to dig deeper into theory and find someone who understood how I heard and thought without judgment so that they could help me advance--Chris was exactly that person. We started ear training lessons regularly at my apartment and have not stopped since! He is such a pleasure to be around, extremely knowledgable without forcing anything on you, and extremely perceptive which makes him a fantastic personalized teacher. I am truly lucky to have met him, and would recommend him to any music student from a beginner to a seasoned pro looking to brush up and stay on their toes!

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