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Burge, David (Russell)

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Burge, David (Russell), American pianist, teacher, writer, and composer; b. Evanston, III., March 25, 1930. He was educated at Northwestern Univ. (B.M., 1951; M.M., 1952), the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (D.M.A. and Artist’s Diploma, 1956), and the Cherubini Cons, in Florence on a Fulbright scholarship (1956–57). Thereafter he pursued a highly active career as a pianist, giving numerous concerts in the U.S. as well as in Europe, the Near East, the Far East, and Australia. After serving as an assoc. prof, at Whitman Coll. (1957–62), he was a prof, at the Univ. of Colo. (1962–75) and music director of the Boulder Phil. (1965–72). In 1975 he was artist–in–residence at the Univ. of Calif. at Davis. From 1975 to 1993 he was a prof, at the Eastman School of Music, where he was also chairman of the piano dept. from 1975 to 1987. He was prof, of composition at the Univ. of Pa. in 1977, and served on the faculties of the Banff Centre in Canada (1983–84; 1986) and at the Chautauqua Institution in N.Y. (1986–90). From 1989 to 1994 he was music chair of the National Assn. for Advancement in the Arts in Miami. He wrote music criticism for the San Diego Union–Tribune from 1994 to 1996. In 1995 he became composer–in–residence of the San Diego Ballet. In 1978 and 1979 he won the Deems Taylor Award for music journalism. In addition to his many articles and reviews in various publications, Burge also wrote the study Twentieth–Century Piano Music (1990) and the novel Vanishing Spring (1999). As a pianist, he has won particular distinction as an indefatigable and persuasive exponent of contemporary music. He has given the premieres of many new works, including scores by Krenek, Per–sichetti, Berio, Crumb, William Albright, and Ward–Steinman.

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