A musician with widely ranging interests, GRACE BURNS enjoys an active and varied career split between solo engagements, collaborative work, and teaching. Currently a staff pianist at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, she regularly collaborates with students and faculty on recitals, competitions, recording projects, and opera development. Recent collaborations in the Pittsburgh area also include concerts with students and faculty at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera's 2019 new opera development (Co-Opera) project. As a soloist, Ms. Burns has performed in a wide variety of concerts and venues, ranging everywhere from informal house concerts to Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Burns is very involved in new music. Past performances include premieres of new works on the Pendulum New Music concert series, the rock-inspired Deep Unto Deep by Jim Simmons, and performing with Boulder Local Theater in their premiere of Jason Grote's Shostakovich or Silence. She has also performed as part of the Meraki Trio, an ensemble devoted to commissioning and performing new works for the piano-flute-viola ensemble.
Ms. Burns received her Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado - Boulder, where she studied with Dr. David Korevaar and had a graduate fellowship with the collaborative piano department. Previously, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with "Distinction in Research and Creative Work" from Rice University with a degree in Piano Performance, where she studied under Jeanne Kierman Fischer. She has performed for a wide variety of master clinicians in both solo and chamber music including Richard Goode, John Perry, Paul Kantor, and Howard Karp, among others.