RICK BURKHARDT
July 2013

Brooklyn, NY – “I have worked in the field of contemporary music for 20 years (Masters and PhD, Music Composition, from University of California, San Diego, Bachelors in Music Composition from University of Illinois). Works of mine have been performed in over 40 US cities as well as in Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan, including performances at the Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, and Acht Brücken festivals, and a portrait concert at the Now Here This festival. I have presented my music / theater works in the world of theater as well. My hybrid music / theater piece “Great Hymn of Thanksgiving / Conversation Storm” won Best Performance awards at the San Francisco Fringe Festival 2007 and the New York FRIGID Festival 2008. In 2010 I won a Village Voice Obie award for the full-length music theater piece “Three Pianos,” composed by me, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy, based on Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise.” In 2011 I was listed by Time Out New York as one of five “Off-off-Broadway innovators to watch.” 

I have received commissions and performances from ensembles such as Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Ascolta, sfSound, Toca Loca, Ensemble Chronophonie, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Wet Ink, Cadillac Moon, Red Fish Blue Fish, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Mark Menzies, hand/werk, and Second Wind Theater. My work has been supported by grants from the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, the American Composers’ Forum, the US-Mexico Fund for Culture, the Boswil Foundation, the Puffin foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others.

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