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Video on demand: Cliburn Kids with Buddy Bray: Many Meters - DancesKids event

The CliburnRecorded at Steinway Studio, Fort Worth, TX, United States
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Buddy BrayPiano
Nathan RylandPiano

Explore waltzes and triple meter with Buddy and his friend Nathan Ryland. Can you count along with these dances? There might be a surprise!


Buddy Bray is co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom programs and has been hosting the presentations in schools for over 17 years, and he says it is the most enjoyable work he does.

When he is not in the schools talking about music, Buddy serves as artistic director of the Cliburn at the Modern series and is the principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He also hosts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s pre-concert discussion series, where he does much the same thing as in the schools—he tries to make his audience comfortable with the music they will hear, and he does it with a spirit of discovery and fun.

Buddy comes from a family of teachers, and he is glad to be carrying on the family tradition.


A native of Richardson, Texas, pianist Nathan Ryland is currently a graduate student at the University of North Texas, where he studies with Pamela Mia Paul and teaches undergraduate lessons. He has been a winner in competitions from coast to coast, from the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition to the Brevard Music Center Piano Competition in North Carolina. He has performed with orchestras across Texas, is a laureate of the Dallas International and Texas State International Piano Competitions, and was selected as a national finalist of the MTNA Performance Contest in 2013.

In addition to classical piano, Nathan enjoys playing jazz, audio engineering, and composing.

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