Pianist TIMOTHY BURNS is a versatile performer and collaborator, with significant instrumental, vocal, and choral accompanying experience. He holds degrees in piano performance, music theory pedagogy, and collaborative piano from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, studying with Carol Schanely-Cahn, David Allen Wehr, and Jean Barr. Currently, Dr. Burns serves as supervisor of piano accompanying at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he frequently collaborates with faculty, guest artists, and students.
Dr. Burns has performed throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as staff accompanist for the 2010 King Award Competition, the 2012 International Viola Congress, the 2013 International Society of Bassists Competition and Conference, and the 2017 International Horn Competition of America. Additionally, Dr. Burns has worked with renowned choral conductors Brady R. Allred, Daniel Bara, Scott Tucker, and Amanda Quist, among others, with performances at such venues as New York City’s Riverside Church and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Past performances include the world premiere of James David’s Swing Landscapes (2018) for Piano and Wind Orchestra, a chamber music recital on the Frick Collection’s “Salon Evening” concert series in New York City, and duo performances with clarinetist Wesley Ferreira at the 2016 ClarinetFest International Conference.
As an avid supporter for new and current music, Dr. Burns has performed works by current composers such as Mari Esabel Valverde, Margaret Brouwer, Mathjis van Dijk, Baljinder Sekhon, and James M. David. Past summer residences have included the New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Studies Program in Fredonia, NY, the Performing Arts Institute at the Wyoming Seminary near Wilkes-Barre, PA, the Eastman School of Music’s “Summer@Eastman” program in Rochester, New York, and the Lift Clarinet Academy in Fort Collins, Colorado. For the summer of 2019, Dr. Burns will be in residence with the Just Chamber Music program, the 2019 International Horn Competition of America, and the 2019 International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival, U.S.A.