Andrew Burashko made his debut at the age of seventeen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has since established himself as one of the most sought-after soloists in Canada. Known for his passionate performances and eclectic repertoire, Mr. Burashko has performed with most of the Canadian orchestras, collaborating with conductors Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Pinchas Zukerman among many others. As a soloist he has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, and as a chamber musician, he regularly collaborates with Canada's top artists and performs in festivals throughout Canada and Europe. For the past 16 years, he has also been involved in an important and ongoing collaboration with modern dancer Peggy Baker.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Mr. Burashko began his studies with Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He went on to study with Lee Kum-Sing in Vancouver, Leon Fleisher and Marek Jablonski in Toronto, and Bella Davidovich in New York.
Mr. Burashko's musical dexterity and passion for artistic experimentation have now brought him to the artistic directorship of the Art of Time Ensemble, a chamber music society comprised of the best musicians on the Canadian scene. Since 1998, Art of Time Ensemble has been committed to building a new and younger audience for classical music. The ensemble has received wide acclaim for its thoughtful and challenging programming, its brilliant performances, and its ability to reach across the borders that often separate artistic genres and audiences.
Andrew Burashko has recorded for CBC SM5000, Naxos, and Centerdisc labels, and his recording of Prokofiev's 6th Sonata and Romeo and Juliet suite has been released on the Opening Day label. He is regularly heard on CBC in Canada.
A dedicated teacher, he gives masterclasses throughout
North America and is presently a member of the faculty at
the Glenn Gould Professional school in Toronto.
"Burashko plays with fervor and refinement"
-The New York Times (review of Prokofiev Sixth Sonata)
"Burashko savors the development of musical statements as much as the statements themselves. Everything connects, everything matters...indeed, by the end he had drawn us into the delicate textures and colors of the work completely."
-The Los Angeles Times