Geoffrey Burgess, oboe and recorder
Oboist Geoffrey Burgess studied in Sydney and later in The Hague. He has performed as soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House, and recitalist in America and Europe. In addition to twenty year’s association with the Paris-based company Les Arts Florissants, and involvement in numerous performances and recordings of 17th- and 18th-century music, Geoffrey has recorded solo oboe music of the Bach Family, and contemporary programs with Duo d’amore. In the 2008-09 season he performed as concertos from Texas to Philadelphia and in ensembles from Boston to Chicago. In collaboration with Joel Robinson (New York) he makes copies of 18th-century oboes. His book, The Oboe, written with Bruce Haynes has become a standard reference work on the subject and he has also produced an audio anthology of historical recordings of oboists. More recently, The Pathetick Musician is a detailed study of performance practice from the standpoint of music as eloquent communication, and Well-Tempered Woodwinds a history of Early Music in the US as seen through the lens of the life and work of woodwind builder Friedrich von Huene. Dr. Burgess holds a PhD in Music History from Cornell University and is sought after as a gifted teacher. He has taught on the faculties of Stony Brook, Columbia and Duke Universities, and is currently baroque oboe instructor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Geoffrey surveys the world from his studio on the third storey of his home in Philadelphia.