Geoffrey Burleson

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Geoffrey Burleson is an American classical and jazz pianist.

Biography and career[edit]

Burleson studied at the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University, and his teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Leonard Shure, Veronica Jochum, Lillian Freundlich, Tinka Knopf, and Audrey Bart Brown. He has received awards from the International Piano Recording Competition (Silver Medal), the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers' Competition, and was the recipient of a DAAD Grant from the German government to support a residency at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

Burleson began his solo career with a recital in Merkin Concert Hall in New York City in 2000. He has since performed as a soloist with Boston Musica Viva, the Arlington Philharmonic, the New England Philharmonic and the Holland Symfonia. He is currently[when?] principal pianist with the New York Art Ensemble and Boston Musica Viva, as well as the IMPETUS trio. Burleson has given premieres of a number of new works, including pieces by Gunther Schuller, Vivian Fine, William Kraft, David Rakowski, Lior Navok, Hayes Biggs, Barbara White, Jeffrey Stadelman, Jason Eckardt, Evan Johnson, Dave Soldier, and others.

Burleson has made a number of recordings, including a disc of music by Roy Harris, a set of Vincent Persichetti's complete piano sonatas, and has begun a four-disc series of Camille Saint-Saëns: Complete Works for Solo Piano, which will appear on the Naxos label.

Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University,[1] and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College[2] of The City University of New York.

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