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 inspired by filmmakers such as David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky.  Patrick has been commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, IonSound Project, and others; and his music has been performed throughout North America by ensembles including eighth blackbird, the Minnesota Orchestra, Present Music and Citywater Ensemble.

As a founding member of NOW Ensemble, Patrick contributed the title track to their second album, Awake, which reached the #2 position on Amazon’s classical album charts, and #1 on iTunes. Recent compositions have been called “indie-classical at its finest” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), and “glittering fun…at once very sophisticated and instantly accessible” (Third Coast Digest).  Patrick is currently scoring a film and preparing to launch a Patreon page to produce a book of 24 new etudes for piano--publishing one new piece every two weeks--for the beginner/intermediate level piano player.  He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Musicianship and Music Technology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.