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Michael Burritt

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Michael Burritt

Biography

Michael Burritt (b. 1962) is an American composer, educator and percussionist.

Mr. Burritt received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. His teachers have included John Beck, Gordon Stout, Paul Yancich and Herbert Flower.

Michael Burritt is in frequent demand performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. He has been soloist with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and the Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble of Pittsburgh, Penn., among others. Mr. Burritt has three solo recordings - Perpetual, Shadow Chasers and recently released his third entitled Waking Dreams. He has been a featured artist at seven Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 1992 he presented his New York solo debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in 1998 performed his London debut in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with two concertos to his credit, numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion as well as two books of etudes. His works for solo marimba have become standard repertoire for the instrument and are consistently required repertoire on international competitions. Burritt is also an artist/clinician and product design/consultant for Malletech, where he has developed his own line of signature marimba mallets and an artist/educational clinician with the Zildjian Company. Mr. Burritt is a member of the Percussive Arts Society board of directors, a contributing editor for Percussive Notes magazine and the chairman of the PAS Keyboard Committee.

Michael Burritt is currently professor of percussion and head of the department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Prior to his appointment at Eastman he was professor of percussion at Northwestern University from 1995 to 2008 where he developed a program of international distinction.


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