Teacher Profile: Emma Burge

Emma Burge

Emma Burge

Instrument(s): Violin

City: Seattle

Education: New England Conservatory

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    About Emma Burge

    Violinist Emma Burge is a third generation Suzuki violinist, whose grandparents, Sandy and Joan Reuningm were pivotal in bringing the Suzuki method to the US. Emma recently moved to Seattle from Boston, where she got a degree from the New England Conservatory and was an active freelancer/teacher. Because of her intense performance education, Emma learned a lot about balance and how to use music as a positive force. She cares about fostering a healthy and beautiful relationship with music through teaching young musicians the importance of self-confidence, understanding and navigating emotions, and using the body in a relaxed and natural way. Emma cares about developing students as people as well as musicians.

    Emma Burge is an avid supporter of contemporary and new music, seeking to combine her classical training with improvisation. Emma is a founder of the new music ensemble Alinéa, formed at the New England Conservatory. She has premiered thirty new chamber works in the past two years, including Arturo O’Farril’s Tiny Little Walls. She also recently recorded with artist Heather Maloney on her newest album, Soil in the Sky. In Boston, Emma was a member of the Phoenix Chamber Orchestra, Fermata, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Coda Ensemble. She also teaches through From the Staff, providing lessons to students in need.

    Emma has performed at a chamber musician and soloist at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Symphony Hall, Northern Kentucky Greaves Hall, The William Taft Theater, Ithaca College Hockett Recital Hall, The Oberon, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Bowdoin College, Orford Music Center, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and the Meadowmount School of Music. She has played in master classes with Merry Peckham, Max Levinson, Pei-shan Lee, Robin Scott, Helen Grime, Tyshawn Sorey, Michael Finnissy, Steve Drury, John Heiss, Donald Palma, Nathan Cole, Helen Pohl, Gerardo Ribeiro, Steve Rochen, and the Cavani Quartet. Emma completed her bachelors degree at the New England Conservatory with Ayano Ninomiya, and then studied Lucy Chapman.

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