Iain Burnside enjoys a unique reputation as pianist and broadcaster. As a performer he is best known for his commitment to the song repertoire, forged through collaborations with leading international singers, including Dame Margaret Price, Susan Chilcott, Galina Gorchakova, Yvonne Kenny, Susan Bickley, David Daniels, John Mark Ainsley and Bryn Terfel. Iain also works with some outstanding younger singers: Lisa Milne, Sally Matthews, Sophie Daneman, Sarah Connolly, Christopher Maltman, William Dazeley, Roderick Williams and Jonathan Lemalu.
Iain’s broadcasting career covers both Radio and TV. As presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Voices programme, he has recently been honoured with a Sony Radio Award. He further combined roles as pianist and presenter in The Music Party for BBC World Service. Other Radio 3 work has featured special celebrations of Dame Janet Baker, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Maria Callas and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His television involvement includes Cardiff Singer of the World, Leeds International Piano Competition and BBC Young Musician of the Year.
Current recording projects include a series co-produced between BBC’s Voices and Signum, following their acclaimed first release of Tippett with John Mark Ainsley. For Naxos he is recording a number of English songs discs with Roderick Williams; black box recorded Iain in Schoenberg with Sarah Connolly and Williams; Debussy with Lisa Milne and Susan Bickley; and Copland with Susan Chilcott.
A number of organisations have invited Iain to programme concert series: Musique et Poésie, Brussels; the Bath Festival; the International Song Recital Series at London’s South Bank Centre; Leeds Lieder+; and the Finzi Friends’ triennial festival of English Song in Ludlow. His main educational commitment is with singers and pianists at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Other masterclasses include the Juilliard School, New York, and the Banff Centre, Canada. He is a Director of Grange Park Opera.
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010 Nominee
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