Brian Buch 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. His principal composition teacher and mentor is Alla Cohen (New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music) with whom he maintains a close personal and musical connection. He has also studied composition with Don Freund, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandström at IU, with Nancy de Van Vate in Vienna, Austria, and Sam Headrick and Richard Cornell at BU. Brian's works have been performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Estonia, 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 recieved commissions from ALEA III, Xanthos Ensemble, JACK Quartet , 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 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.