Patrick Alan Burke works as a composer and educator in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with frequent performances in the Mid-Atlantic region, New York, and throughout North America. Patrick compares his artistic stance to that of the writer David Foster Wallace and the “New Sincerity” in literature: out of the cultural background of postmodern irony and cynicism, his music has moved toward an earnest, ecstatic exploration of what it means to be alive in the world today.
Patrick divides his time between solo and collaborative efforts, composing for world-renowned ensembles, orchestras, and individuals. In 2014, he was commissioned to compose Flourish for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which the PSO has performed several times. He has also been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, IonSound Project, Alia Musica, and many others. Currently, he is working on a major commissioned work for Pittsburgh’s own Trillium Ensemble entitled Sanctuary, in a spirit of solidarity with immigrants and refugees in the U.S.
As a founding member of NOW Ensemble, Patrick contributed the title track to their second album, Awake, released in 2012, reaching the #2 position on Amazon’s classical album charts, and #1 on iTunes. Patrick and his wife, Emily Pinkerton, recently finished recording Rounder Songs, a set of songs they composed together, performed by Emily and NOW Ensemble, to be released on New Amsterdam Records (the “focal point of the post-classical scene” according to Time Out New York) this November. His recent music has been called “indie-classical at its finest” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), and “glittering fun…at once very sophisticated and instantly accessible” (Third Coast Digest).