"Admirable fluency and good color..." --St. Paul Dispatch
"First rate... vigorous, emphatic... Agile and flowing..." --Minneapolis Star
Since his first national CAMI Community Concert tour in 1969, Earl Buys has been in continual demand as coach and accompanist.
He has been employed by the Metropolitan, Houston, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Florentine, Pittsburgh, Augusta, St. Paul, New Jersey, Marin, Grattacielo and many other opera companies as assistant conductor and accompanist. He has been chorus master for many opera productions.
Mr. Buys has appeared in recital with Gerard Souzay, William Warfield, Jerome Hines, to name only 3 of the hundreds of singers and instrumentalists collaborated with throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and South America. He has been official accompanist for dozens of competitions including the George London, The Metropolitan Opera, the Puccini, Singer of the World in Monte Carlo, and Baz Lurmann's Broadway Boheme. Mr. Buys also frequently collaborates with David Adam Moore in his video-imaged Winterreise, an ongoing project that Mr. Buys performed twice in 2013.
Mr. Buys has concertized in every major New York venue including Carnegie Hall (Stern, Weill, Zankel), Avery Fisher, Town Hall, and Alice Tully as well as dozens of other venues. He prepared a Pavarotti and friends for live telecast from Avery Fisher. He has played master classes and lessons for many of the major international singers of the last 60 years including London, Steber, Simianato, Scotto, Crespin, Resnick, Moffo, Albanese, and Horne.
Mr. Buys appeared in outreach programs for the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Richard Tucker Foundation. He has played the Richard Tucker Galas at St. Ignacious Loyola and the House of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan. In '06 he played the Ring Cycle in Toronto (COC) for the opening of their house, the first complete cycle in Canada. In the summer of '09 he played a double bill for American Landmarks Festival in northern NY state, was provided as accompanist for an international competition in Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Oct 2010 marked his return to solo recital playing with a concert at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center followed by another in April of '12.
He and his late wife, Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Wendy Hoffman, released the CD "Women in Love'. His playing has encompassed the popular repertoire playing in hotels and restaurants throughout his career in Minneapolis, San Francisco and Manhattan. He and Wendy produced a successful season of Opera Evenings at the Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel. He has held many church positions as organist, pianist, and choir director. He has had active vocal studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C.
In August 2014 he signed with meti-jori-agency.com
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3 programs at the ready as of November 2017:
Beethoven 53 & 111, Schubert or Schumann Fantasy, Chopin Etudes
Beethoven 57 & 109, Brahms Ballades, Rachmaninoff Peludes
Beethoven 81a & 110, Schubert D959, Rachmaninoff Preludes
"Pianist Earl Buys looked as though he were having the time of his life playing works by Chopin, Ravel, Granados and Debussy. His Ravel and Debussy were clearly articulated and phrased in warm, romantic lines and tones, and his Chopin, particularly the two etudes from Opus 25 ("The Harp" and "The Ocean"), was attractively and expansively colored." --Michael Anthony, Minneapolis Star and Tribune