Upcoming Concerts

"Multicultural Masters", with Boston Musica Viva

Saturday 23, November 2019 ( 8 00 pm )

Boston Musica Viva
Tsai Performance Center

Boston University

Shirish Korde: New work for soprano and ensemble  world premiere
     Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Henry Brant: All Souls Carnival
Chou Wen-chung: Twilight Colors
Bernard Hoffer: 50th Anniversary Bagatelle

A new BMV-commissioned world premiere by Shirish Korde featuring soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, plus Henry Brant’s All Souls Carnival (1949), Chou Wen-chung’s Twight Colors (2007, commissioned for BMV by the Koussevitzky Foundation) and Bernard Hoffer’s A Celebration (2019, BMV commission).

For more information, please go to http://www.bmv.org

2, 4, 6, 8 = twenty: music for two, three, and four pianists

Tuesday 26, November 2019 ( 8 00 pm )

Frederick Loewe Theatre
New York University

35 West 4th Street, New York, NY

New Gallery Concert Series

A night of 2, 4, 6, and 8 hands to celebrate twenty years of the New Gallery Concert Series!
Program includes New Gallery Concert Series commissioned WORLD PREMIERES
by deVon Gray, Stefanie Lubkowski, and
David Rakowski’s “Eighters Gonna Eight”
with pianists Sarah Bob, Donald Berman, Geoffrey Burleson, and Marilyn Nonken.

Chamber Music Concert With The Exponential Ensemble

Sunday 15, December 2019 ( 3 00 pm )

Exponential Ensemble

Soapbox Gallery

636 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY

Leonard Bernstein:  Clarinet Sonata
Valerie Coleman:
Portraits of Langston, for Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Robert Paterson:
Relative Theory, for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe and Piano

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Press Reviews

"Mr. Burleson played with command, projecting a rhapsodic quality without loss of rhythmic vigor...and an appropriate sense of fetching color. Burleson played vibrantly...ending his program with a compelling account of Boulez's formidably complex Piano Sonata No. 3."
- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"Burleson gave an irresistably supple reading of Liszt's "Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este", and in his performance of Debussy's "Pour le piano", the Sarabande was delightfully hazy, and the Toccata was an explosion of energy. He followed this with Saint-Saens's expansive "Caprice on Ballet Airs From Gluck's 'Alceste'" before closing the concert with three of his own virtuosic, lively, occasionally jazzy improvisations on a handful of Debussy themes."
-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Both works (Charles Ives's 'Three-Page Sonata' and Vincent Persichetti's Sonata No. 12) are couched in complex rhythms, with attractively simple melodies sometimes swimming through them. And Mr. Burleson played them with the energy and passion of a jazz player at the densest moment of a solo. He brought a similar power, as well as an improvisatory imagination, to Frank Zappa's 'Bebop Tango.'"
- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Burleson is a remarkable pianist, with tireless attack, unflagging rhythm and energy to burn."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"A top-notch pianist...Burleson's piquancy and poetry blended beautifully."
- The Washington Post

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Featured Releases

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4:  Dances And Souvenirs - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

Order online "Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs"


Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Although he is best remembered for his orchestral and instrumental music, Saint-Saëns was also responsible for spearheading the revival of the French Baroque, especially the music of Lully and Rameau, as well as being perfectly placed to absorb the latest instrumental dance music. His five ‘character waltzes’ include the ethereal and ravishingly textured Valse mignonne, the stylistically forward-looking Valse nonchalante and the virtuosic Valse gaie, the composer’s final waltz for solo piano, while the three minor key Mazurkas are strongly characterised and filled with ingenious musical contrasts. Last but not least, the three ‘souvenirs’ are delightful evocations of particular corners of the world that inspired Saint-Saëns.

"Burleson has immersed himself in the entirety of Saint-Saëns' output and is a powerful advocate for this music.  He plays with all the requisite technique and a style and flair that one would expect from music firmly entrenched in the romantic style.  His booklet notes are enlightening, and the piano sound is wonderful.  I am sure that I will also enjoy the future volumes in this series."

-James Harrington, American Record Guide


selected recordings