Interweaving roles as pianist and Sony Award-winning radio presenter with equal aplomb, Iain Burnside 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. For Delphian he has curated programmes of Parry, Martin Shaw and others with singers including Ailish Tynan, Sophie Bevan, Irene Drummond, Susan Bickley, Andrew Kennedy, Roderick Williams and William Berger. The three-disc Rachmaninov: Songs (DCD34127), with seven outstanding Russian singers, won widespread acclaim and was shortlisted for the Vocal award at the 2014 Gramophone Awards. 2015 saw his first Schubert recording for Delphian, Nacht und Träume, featuring Ailish Tynan (DCD34165), while a Medtner project with Delphian is also forthcoming.
Iain has devised and written 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 and transferred to the Cheltenham Festival; a version for radio has been commissioned for the BBC’s World War One season. Journeying Boys was performed in November 2013 in Milton Court Theatre. In demand as teacher and animateur, Iain also works at the Royal Opera House and the National Opera Studio, and enjoys a close association with Rosenblatt Recitals. He is International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.