Monday, 6 July 2009, 12:00AM

Burns the European

Iain Burnside

Why was Burns so important to Robert Schumann? Why did they love him in 19th century Russia, but not in France? What is the wider musical legacy of Scotland's greatest poet.

Often thought of as the quintessential Scottish poet, whose 250th anniversary is this year, Robert Burns' musical legacy is arguably as significant as his poetic one. Iain Burnside - pianist, Sony Award-winning broadcaster and professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama - ponders Burns within the context of European music.

This is a part of the series of events which were be held in collaboration with the 2009 City of London Festival.

iain-burnside

Iain Burnside is a Scottish pianist and presenter on BBC Radio 3.

Following study at Oxford University, the Royal Academy of Music and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw he became a freelance pianist, specialising particularly in song repertoire. He has collaborated with many singers, and was particularly close friends with the late soprano Susan Chilcott. Burnside is the godfather of Chilcott's son, Hugh, and following her death in 2003 became his legal guardian.

Other vocalists he has worked and recorded with include Laura Claycomb, Matthew Rose, Roderick Williams, with whom he has recorded the complete Finzi baritone songs and most recently Sarah Connolly, with a release of songs by Korngold.

After presenting the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, he became a presenter on Radio 3, for many years fronting the weekly song-orientated show Voices for which he won a Sony Radio Award. Since then he has been presenting the Sunday morning show Iain Burnside.

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6 July 2009

Burns the European
Iain Burnside

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