Following my pitch, and added research and relationship building support from Rainie Cole, The New York Times published a poignant feature story about the life journey of Sara Davis Buechner; the article appeared in the Sunday Styles section of The Times in Novermber, 2009.
Buechner is a classical pianist and transgender woman, who at the age of 39 transitioned to be her true self in 1998 in New York City, and faced substantial bias in the classical music business and rejection from her family. The story traces Ms. Buechner’s challenging road to rebuilding her career with the help of an unconventional yet tenacious agent, and her family’s ultimate acceptance of her true identity. She is now a tenured piano professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and plays with major orchestras throughout Canada while she and her agent continue to boost her profile and concert bookings in the United States.
The New York Times placement generated extremely positive feedback from people across the globe. It was a complete honor to work on this media opportunity with Sara Davis Buechner; she is one of the finest living pianists today, and one of the kindest, and classiest people in the world.