Tara Buzash


Tara Buzash is a pianist, composer, educator, and businesswoman who thrives on hard work, who loves what she does, and who has a long list of accomplishments to demonstrate a standard of excellence in all areas of her work. Buzash is driven by her desire to serve as well as to lead, and to connect in a meaningful way with those around her.
Buzash is that rare pianist who is truly versatile, as comfortable in Sunday afternoon classical ensembles as she is in late-night jazz jam sessions. Her 20 years of performing experience have taken her to The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.; Ortlieb's Jazzhaus and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia; the Waldorf, The Carlyle, and the National Arts Club in Manhattan; New Jersey's PNC Bank Arena; the Trenton, NJ Women in Jazz Festival; and the New Jersey Independent Music Festival among many others.
In May 2011, Buzash was one of eight young female jazz pianists from around the world chosen to participate in the 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Workshop, held at The Kennedy Center. Her unique solo performance of "Round Midnight" was praised by jazz legend Toshiko Akiyoshi as "fantastic."
In 2013, Buzash completed her Master's degree in Jazz Piano Performance at Rutgers University, where she was a Pee Wee Russell Jazz Scholarship winner. Her principal mentors at Rutgers were Stanley Cowell and Conrad Herwig. She has also studied with Kenny Barron, Charles Tolliver, Bill O'Connell, Ralph Peterson Jr., Connie Crothers, Laurie Altman, Bevan Manson, and John Harmon.
In addition to piano performance, Buzash has experience in various accompaniment settings. She has accompanied Broadway tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, musical theater at the Hopewell (NJ) Off-Broadstreet Theatre, and ballet classes taught by the American Ballet Theatre's retired principal ballerina, Susan Jaffe. Buzash has also worked with the world-class Manhattan vocalist Margaret Dorn. And, she often performs for church services of various denominations.
Buzash draws from this rich diversity of experiences and talents to inform her art. "It's all connected through what I feel," she says. "When I'm on stage playing for people, I'm sharing all that I am. I want the audience to come away feeling new and inspired, like they have just experienced something rare and special."
  • Courses Taught

    Jazz Piano

  • Education

    Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts), New Brunswick, NJ — M.M., 2013
    Lawrence University,Appleton,WI — B.A., 1999, Cum Laude
  • Awards

    May 2012 — Grand Prize Winner, New Jersey Arts Collective Student Composition Contest
    May 2011 — Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist award winner,The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Chosen as one of eight young female jazz pianists from around the world to perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
    2010-present — Watchfire Music Composer, New York, NY. Contracted to sell original piano/vocal arrangements of inspirational songs. 
    2010-2011 — Pee Wee Russell Jazz Scholarship recipient, Rutgers University