Gerard McBurney
composer; writer; deviser; creative consultant, San Diego Symphony Orchestra; former artistic programming advisor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Gerard McBurney is a composer, writer and deviser, in theatre, radio, television, concert hall and on the internet. Recent projects include collaborations with the Southbank and Barbican Centres, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Proms, Lincoln Center (New York), Lucerne and Aix Festivals, and orchestras across the USA.

Between 2006 and 2016 he was Artistic Programming Advisor at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Creative Director of Beyond the Score®, live multimedia explorations of music, filmed for online viewing.

In May 2017 he was creative partner for the Cincinnati May Festival, making semi-staged productions of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.

He is known for work on Russian and Soviet music, especially completions of lost and forgotten pieces by Shostakovich including the music-hall show Hypothetically Murdered and the unfinished operatic satire Orango.

He is currently creative consultant to the San Diego Symphony Orchestra; working on celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven; and devising a portrait of Percy Grainger for Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Follow Gerard on Twitter: @GerardMcBurney


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