Upcoming Concerts

Composers Concordance Concert: "We, The Whole People"

Saturday 14, November 2020 ( 7 00 pm )

"We, The Whole People"
A Concert Inspired by a Susan B. Anthony Speech After Her Arrest For Casting A Vote In The 1872 Presidential Election
~Part of the 9th Annual CompCord Festival~

Michiko Studios
149 W. 46th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Eight World Premiere works by Seth Boustead, Madelyn Byrne, Dan Cooper, Jay Elfenbein, Franz Hackl, Debra Kaye, Gene Pritsker, and David Rozenblatt

The CompCord Ensemble
Jessica Bowers - mezzo-soprano
Franz Hackl - trumpet
Gene Pritsker - electric guitar
Geoffrey Burleson - piano & synthesizer
Seth Boustead - piano & synthesizer
Jay Elfenbein - electric bass & viola da gamba
Damien Bassman -cajon & drums
Charles Coleman - conductor

Solo Premiere: Composers Concordance 11th Annual Comp-Play-Comp Festival

Sunday 29, November 2020 ( 6 00 pm )

Composers Concordance 11th Annual Comp-Play-Comp Festival

"Words and Music"


85 Avenue A

New York, NY 10009

I will be premiering my new solo piano piece Kyrie 2020, based on Ellen Bryant Voigt's 1918 poem Kyrie, which addressed life and the zeitgeist during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Voigt's vivid portrayal is rich and eloquent, ultimately defiant, and also one of the very few examples of poems catalyzed by this event.

Solo Appearance on Beethoven @ 250 @ Hunter

Thursday 03, December 2020 ( 5 00 pm )

A celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday, featuring live virtual performances and video debuts by Hunter College Music Department Piano Majors and Piano Faculty.  YouTube Live and Zoom links TBA. For my contribution to the concert, I will be performing Beethoven's Fantasia, Op. 77, for solo 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. 5: Rarities and Transcriptions

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 5:  Rarities and Transcriptions - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP626, released on 09/2019

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP626, released on 09/2019

Order online "Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 5: Rarities and Transcriptions"


Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 5: Rarities and Transcriptions

The eight world premiere recordings included in this programme are played from a treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts obtained by Geoffrey Burleson from the Bibliothèque national de France, each of them filled with strong and imaginative ideas. Further virtuosic rarities by Saint-Saëns include a solo transcription of his exotic Africa for piano and orchestra, and fantasies on works by Beethoven, Gounod, Liszt, Bizet and others.

"Burleson has a treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts from the the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. This, his fifth volume of the French master's piano works, is certainly the most interesting from a musicological perspective. We are fortunate that he has all of the technical and musical abilities to bring these very difficult works off. There is a lot of flashy writing here, along the beautiful opera melodies cloaked in filigree all over the keyboard that anyone acquainted with some of Liszt's works in this genre will expect. The extensive and informative booklet essay is important with so many unpublished works in first recordings. This is an absolute must for anyone interested in Saint-Saëns or romantic virtuosic piano music. The piano sound is exceptionally good."
-James Harrington, American Record Guide




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