Upcoming Concerts

Solo Recital at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

Wednesday 21, March 2018 ( 7 00 pm )

Camerata Hall
Sibelius Academy
Mannerheimintie 13 A
00100 Helsinki, Finland

Saint-Saëns: from Études, Op. 52
No. 1:  Prélude
No. 2:  Pour l’indépendance des doigts
No. 3:  Prélude et fugue
Saint-Saëns: Étude, Op.  111, No. 4:  Les Cloches de Las Palmas
Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie sur la Quintette sur L'Étoile du Nord de Meyerbeer - FINNISH PREMIERE
Saint-Saëns:  Fantaisie sur Lohengrin de Wagner (1859) - FINNISH PREMIERE


Vincent Persichetti:  Sonata No. 9 (1950)
Mary Kouyoumdjian:  Aghvani (2009)
David Rakowski: Pull A Wall Up (Prelude #4) [2010]
David Rakowski: In A Regal Age Ran I (Prelude #6) [2010]
David Rakowski: Riccio (Prelude #43) [2013]
David Rakowski: Mind the Gap (Prelude #15) [2012]
Marc Mellits (b. 1966):  Étude No. 2: Defensive Chili (2006)
Frank Zappa (arr. Burleson):  BeBop Tango

Guest Lecture at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

Thursday 22, March 2018 ( 1 00 pm )

Lecture-Demonstration on New American Piano Music

Camerata Hall
Sibelius Academy
Mannerheimintie 13 A
00100 Helsinki, Finland

IPSE Ensemble Portrait Concert: Works for Solo Piano + Violin & Piano

Friday 06, April 2018 ( 8 00 pm )

~with Esther Noh, violin~

Luigi Nono:  ".....sofferte onde serene...", for piano & electronics
Kyong Mee Choi: "To Unformed", for piano & electronics
Max Giteck Duykers:  new work for violin, piano & electronics
Joseph Di Ponio: new work for violin & piano
Other works TBA

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street
New York, NY

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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


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