Iain Burnside is a pianist who has appeared in recital with many of the world’s leading singers (“pretty much ideal” BBC Music Magazine). His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire from Beethoven and Schubert to the cutting edge Gramophone Award-winning NMC Songbook. Recent recordings include sets of Rachmaninoff and Medtner songs for Delphian (“the results are electrifying” Daily Telegraph). He recently performed the three Schubert song cycles with Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall, and returns to the hall in the 2018/19 season with his major series of Russian Song. Upcoming projects feature Rosa Feola, Ailish Tynan, Joyce DiDonato, Andrew Watts, Lawrence Brownlee, Benjamin Appl, Brett Polegato and Roderick Williams. Away from the piano Burnside is active as a writer and broadcaster. As presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Voices he won a Sony Radio Award. His play A Soldier and a Maker, created at the Guildhall School, was performed at the Barbican Centre and Cheltenham Festival and broadcast by Radio 3 on Armistice Day (“searing” Daily Telegraph). Iain Burnside is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera.
Winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Mixed Ensemble Competition 2019, Tunnell Trust Awards 2017, Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2014, Making Music Selected Artists 2019/20 and Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16 , The Hermes Experiment is a contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass.