Iain Burnside

Opera Coach | Pianist | Accompanist

Iain Burnside enjoys a unique reputation as pianist and broadcaster, forged through his commitment to the song repertoire and his collaborations with leading international singers. In recent seasons such artists have included Rebecca Evans, Ailish Tynan, Susan Bickley and Ann Murray; John Mark Ainsley, Andrew Kennedy, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams, William Dazeley and Bryn Terfel.

His extensive recording portfolio reflects Iain’s passion for British music: the complete songs of Gerald Finzi, together with Butterworth, Gurney, Ireland and Vaughan Williams on Naxos; Britten, Tippett, Herbert Hughes, FG Scott and Judith Weir on Signum; Richard Rodney Bennett on NMC; contemporary Scottish repertoire on Delphian. The NMC Songbook received a Gramophone Award. In 2012 Albion Records will issue a solo disc of Vaughan Williams and Gurney.

Iain’s broadcasting career covers both radio and TV and has been honoured with a Sony Radio Award. Acclaimed as a programmer, Iain has devised innovative recitals combining music and poetry, presented with huge success in Brussels and Barcelona with actors Simon Russell Beale, Fiona Shaw and Harriet Walter. He is Research Associate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His first play, A Soldier and a Maker, will premiere at the Barbican Centre in April 2012.