Upcoming Concerts

Hunter College Piano Department Marathon: A Tribute to Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987), Celebrating the Centenary of His Birth

Monday 04, May 2015 ( 5 00 pm )

Lang Recital Hall
Sponsored by the
Music Department
Hunter College of the City University of New York

Piano majors and piano department faculty perform works by the brilliant American composer Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987), and his students

I will be performing Peter Schickele's Two Miniatures For Piano, Left Hand (1998)

Solo Appearance at The Tribeca New Music Festival

Sunday 17, May 2015 ( 4 00 pm )

Tribeca New Music Festival

The Cell Theatre
338 West 23rd Street
New York City

David Rakowski:  Ragno (Prelude #49; for the left hand) [2015]-WORLD PREMIERE
David Rakowski:  Ain't Got No Right (Étude #67; for the left hand) [2005]-FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE
Kevin Eppich:  Study For The Left Hand [2006]
Geoffrey Burleson:  The Right To Be Sinister (Improvisation For The Left Hand) [2015]-WORLD PREMIERE

Lecture-Recital at the 2015 CMS International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

Saturday 20, June 2015 ( 9 30 am )

2015 College Music Society International Conference
Stockholm Musikpedagogiska Institut
Stockholm, Sweden

Lecture-recital:  "Saint-Saëns' Piano Études and Le jeu perlé - Antecedents & Consequences"

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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. 3: Character Pieces

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3:  Character Pieces - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP609, released on 11/2012

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP609, released on 11/2012

Order online "Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3: Character Pieces"


Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3: Character Pieces

Saint-Saëns’s first published works for piano were the vivid and characterful Six Bagatelles, Op 3. Album, Op 72 dates from his mid-career and teems with rich colours and textures—haunting and exciting alike. Elsewhere, in this third volume of the Complete Piano Music, we find the richly evocative tone poem Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, paraphrases, and some delicious encores.

"In the Op. 3 Bagatelles you hear the influence of Schumann, in writing as colourful as it is pianistically adroit.  The Op. 72 Album offers music of a fuller, more advanced idiom, with the shadow of Liszt in his later dark-hued manner hanging over 'Carillon' and with an elegant 'Valse' to follow.  The Rhapsodie d'Auvergne fizzes with energy after its folksong start and the ambitious 1867 Caprice has a notably witty finish.  Yet arguably the most personal voice is found in Les cloches du soir and in the concluding Feuillet d'album.  All of this music is played with verve and commitment by Burleson."
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

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