Equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and jazz performer, pianist GEOFFREY BURLESON has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America. The New York Times has hailed Burleson’s solo performances as “vibrant and compelling,” praising his “rhythmic brio, projection of rhapsodic qualities, appropriate sense of spontaneity, and rich colorings.” Current recording projects include Camille Saint-Saëns: Complete Piano Works, on 6 CDs, for the new Naxos Grand Piano label. The first 5 volumes have been released to high acclaim from Gramophone, International Record Review, Diapason (France) and elsewhere, and have garnered International Piano Choice Awards from International Piano Magazine. Other noteworthy recordings by Burleson include Vincent Persichetti: Complete Piano Sonatas (New World Records), which received a BBC Music Choice award from the BBC Music Magazine, and AKOKA (Pentatone), featuring Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, as well as companion works, for which Burleson was nominated for a 2015 JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year. Mr. Burleson’s concerto appearances include the Buffalo Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva and the Holland Symfonia in the Netherlands. He has also appeared as featured soloist at the Bard Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Mänttä Music Festival (Finland), Santander Festival (Spain) and the Talloires International Festival (France). He is a core member of the American Modern Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, the Tribeca New Music Festival, David Sanford’s Pittsburgh Collective, and Princeton University’s Richardson Chamber Players. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University (D.M.A.), his principal teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Leonard Shure, Veronica Jochum, Lillian Freundlich, and Tinka Knopf. Mr. Burleson is on the piano faculty of Princeton University, and is Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College-City University of New York. He is additionally on the piano faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center.
A complete performance of David Rakowski’s “Mikronomicon” (2010) in performance by Boston Musica Viva with Geoffrey Burleson as the piano/melodica soloist. Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Shalin Liu Performance The conductor is Richard Pittman.
Saint-Saëns: Étude, Op. 52, No. 3: Prélude & Fugue in F Minor, performed by Geoffrey Burleson
Noted American composer and critic Arthur Berger's scintillating and inventive music is featured in this recording celebrating the late composer's solo piano works.