Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1986, Mr. Buckmaster began his violin studies at the Suzuki Violin Institute of the University of Evansville in 1991. His instructors quickly recognized in Mr. Buckmaster a remarkable musical temperament.
Noted for his his exceptional talent, Mr. Buckmaster several years later was awarded a music scholarship after winning a regional concerto competition in Southwestern Indiana. In the following summers of 2001 and 2002 he attended the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy.
It was there in Northern Michigan he dedicated himself to mastering the violin after being deeply moved performing the Fourth Symphony of Brahms with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was eventually one of the few selected among several applicants to be mentored by William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Observing Mr. Buckmaster’s extraordinary ability and potential, Mr. Preucil recommended him to the violin studio of internationally acclaimed Professor Mauricio Fuks, a highly sought after pedagogue at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. The following winter, accepted as the youngest student under the tutelage of Mr. Fuks, Mr. Buckmaster commenced studies with the professor through the remainder of his high school studies.
After accepting an invitation to attend the Royal Conservatory of Music, Mr. Buckmaster began his formal studies in Canada as an international student. A few years later he moved to New York City after choosing to transfer to the Manhattan School of Music.
As a concertmaster Mr. Buckmaster was featured, perhaps most notably, in a limited engagement with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the production of the opera “La Campana Sommersa” by Ottorino Respigghi. And as a featured soloist, he has collaborated with the Evansville Philharmonic, UNC Charlotte Orchestra, The Orchestra of Central Piedmont College and the Peabody Conductor’s Orchestra in a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto.
Mr. Buckmaster played an integral part in the 2012 North American premiere of the “Violins of Hope”, now memorialized as a PBS documentary. In this unique concert series, Mr. Buckmaster joined the Charlotte Symphony as a section violinist, and as a soloist he performed traditional Yiddish folk songs transcribed for violin and orchestra. It was an extraordinary honor for him to have had the opportunity performing on one of the very few violins recovered from the Holocaust concentration camps of World War II.
Because of the extraordinary interest in the Violins of Hope from national news outlets, Mr. Buckmaster was noted and pictured in stories featured in The Hufffington Post, NPR News, Yahoo! News and Good Morning America. Soon after that, Mr. Buckmaster accepted an invitation to present a violin recital on behalf of the Violins of Hope organization in an intimate and exclusive performance in Canada for patrons of Musée de l'Holocauste Montréal.
Mr. Buckmaster holds a Masters in Music degree from the internationally renowned Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was unanimously voted alumni of the year in recognition as a remarkable performing artist by the faculty of the College of Arts and Architecture.
After receiving his motorcycle license in 2011, Mr. Buckmaster has wonderful memories motoring along the twists and turns of the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Appalachian Mountains. He is a PADI certified open-water scuba diver who has never dived outside the safe confines of a pool. Now a resident of Las Vegas, he enjoys hiking the trails of Mount Charleston, and casually studies wilderness survival skills.