Interweaving roles as pianist and Sony Award-winning radio presenter with equal aplomb, Iain Burnside (“pretty much ideal” BBC Music Magazine) is also a master programmer with an instinct for the telling juxtaposition. His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire ranging from Schoenberg and Copland to Debussy and Judith Weir with a special place reserved for the highways and byways of English Song, as acclaimed recordings of Britten, Finzi, Ireland, Butterworth, Parry and Vaughan Williams have all proved. In 2014 Delphian will release Burnside’s complete Rachmaninov songs with seven outstanding Russian artists. He also enjoys a close association with Rosenblatt Recitals, both on stage and in the studio.
For Guildhall School of Music and Drama Burnside has written and devised a number of highly individual theatre pieces. Lads in their Hundreds, an exploration of war songs, played in London and at the Ludlow Weekend of English Song. A Soldier and a Maker, based on the life of Ivor Gurney, was premiered at the Barbican Centre, later transferring to the Cheltenham Festival. It has now been commissioned as a radio play by Radio 3 as part of the BBC’s World War One season. Journeying Boys, developed in association with the Royal College of Music, will be performed in November 2013 in the Milton Court Theatre. He also continues to present Shining Armour, a smaller-scale theatre piece which looks at Brahms' Die schöne Magelone from the composer's and Clara Schumann's perspective.
In demand as teacher and animateur, Burnside also works at the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, the National Opera Studio and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.