Iain Burnside is one of the top vocal accompanists in the UK, having worked with many of that country's most prominent singers. He is also a broadcaster and a playwright. Burnside was born in Scotland in about 1957 and grew up in Glasgow. His grandfather was an organist, and his family encouraged his interest in music. Not so, however, his school, the Glasgow Academy: "My school was academically strong but ruthlessly anti-musical," he told The Cross-Eyed Pianist. "I'm the only professional pianist I know who was never asked to play in a school concert." Burnside attended Merton College, Oxford, commuting by train to London to study piano with Alexander Kelly. He went on to the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Working as a freelance musician, Burnside planned a solo career for a time, ...
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