December 13, 2013 | Concert

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Christmas in Vienna

A festive celebration of the holiday season 2013. Burnett Thompson, the great american composer and pianist, will present his work 'Christmas in Vienna' at the Embassy of Austria. According to Thompson one of his links to Austria is due to education at the 'Hochschule für Musik' in Vienna:

"In the fall of 1973, after 2 semesters at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna, I was foreseeing some mechanical difficulties with my piano work, and I began work with Mr. Noel Flores. [...] In memory of my teacher Prof. Noel Flores, University of Vienna." (Burnett Thompson)

 

About Burnett Thompson (abstract):

  • Pianist, Composer and Educator
  • Director of the New Columbia Swing Orchestra, which performs the Big Band repertoire for Washington Gala’s and other functions
  • Producer of the Piano in the White House and Hill Center concert series
  • He works as an Educator with all ages of school children and prepares them to deal with any music that they may happen to prefer
  • He was educated at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna, Austria, and the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of the German Pianist and educator Veronica Jochum
  • Further studies included work with pianist William Masselos, and Jazz and Western theory with Steven Strunk
The origen of the Christmas in Vienna concert stems from my accidental sojourn in Vienna from 1972 to 1975. I left my music studies stateside with the hazy purpose of touring Europe. Due to a chance encounter, I auditioned for the Hochschule für Musik in and was accepted as a student of Eduoard Mrazek. So instead of wandering around the European capitals like my colleagues, I stayed in Vienna, learned the language, and grew as a musician
— Burnett Thompson