John Burge

Region: Ontario
John Burge

I Play: Piano


Dr. John Burge was born in Dryden Ontario in 1961 and grew up in Calgary studying the piano with Dorothy Hare. He holds three degrees in Composition and Theory from the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia and since 1987, has been teaching at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he is a full professor. For his outstanding work as a composer over the years, in 2013 he was awarded a Queen's University Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship. He has composed a large body of instrumental and vocal music in all genres and his work, FLANDERS FIELDS REFLECTIONS, for string orchestra, received the 2009 Juno Award for the Best Canadian Classical Composition. Burge loves working with young musicians and is in high demand as a music festival adjudicator. In recent years he has joined the Red Leaf Pianoworks collective and has been performing solo piano recitals of his own compositions. A passionate advocate for Canadian music he was an executive member of the Canadian League of Composers from 1993-2007 (President from 1998-2006) and currently sits on the board of Directors for the SOCAN Foundation and is Chair of the board for the Music at Port Milford Summer Music School and Festival.

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