Patrick Burke

PATRICK BURKE works as a composer and educator in Pittsburgh. He draws inspiration from his background as a classical pianist, an amateur rock and folk guitarist, and a performer in a gamelan ensemble. Formally tight, narrative structures are balanced with lyricism and expounded with a dream-like logic that is often inspired by film.

Patrick was recently commissioned to compose a piece for Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which was premiered in February of 2014. Patrick has also been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, IonSound Project, and others. As a founding member of NOW Ensemble, Patrick contributed the title track to their second album, Awake, which was released last year on New Amsterdam Records, reaching the #2 position on Amazon’s classical album charts, and #1 on iTunes. Patrick’s music continues to be performed increasingly throughout North America by ensembles such as eighth blackbird, the Minnesota Orchestra, Present Music, Citywater Ensemble, and others.

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His recent music has been called “indie-classical at its finest” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), and “glittering fun…at once very sophisticated and instantly accessible” (Third Coast Digest). Patrick currently serves as Assistant Professor of Musicianship and Music Technology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.