Geoffrey Burleson (piano)
Saint-Saens was a piano virtuoso and a composer of bravura brilliance. His Six Fugues Op 161 are masterly and complex character studies, devoid of academic leanings, whilst his famous Allegro appassionato Op 70 possesses brilliance and lyrical depth. The Theme varie Op 97 is witty and explosive, the Suite Op 90 full of charm, and the Allegro Op 29 possessed of dazzling breadth. Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. His numerous solo appearances include prominent venues in Paris, New York, Rome, Athens, Mexico City, Rotterdam, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Switzerland, England, Spain, and elsewhere. He made his New York City solo recital début at Merkin Hall in 2000, sponsored by the League of Composers/ISCM. His appearances as concerto soloist include the Boston Musica Viva, Arlington Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, and the Holland Symfonia in The Netherlands, in repertoire ranging from Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saens to Gershwin and Klaas de Vries. Geoffrey Burleson is principal pianist with the Boston Musica Viva, the New York Art Ensemble, David Sanford's Pittsburgh Collective, and is a member of Princeton University's Richardson Chamber Players. He has also performed and recorded frequently in duos with cellist Matt Haimovitz, violinist Mary Rowell (from ETHEL), and vocalist Maria Tegzes. A laureate of the International Piano Recording Competition (Silver Medal), and the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers’ Competition, he was also the recipient of a DAAD Grant from the German government to support a residency at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University (DMA), his principal teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Leonard Shure, Veronica Jochum, Lillian Freundlich, Tinka Knopf, and Audrey Bart Brown. His recordings include the complete piano music of Roy Harris for Naxos. He teaches piano at Princeton University, and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College-City University of New York.
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 3 in E-flat major Op 29: I. Moderato assai - Piu mosso (Allegro maestoso), Suite in F major Op 90, Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor Op 70, Theme varie Op 97, Six Fugues Op 161
Running Time: 54 min
'Burleson brings a commanding technique and cultured musicality to these works.' (International Record Review)