Artistic Director News


Conductor, composer and trumpeter Stephen Burns is the Founder and Artistic Director of Fulcrum Point New Music Project. He has been acclaimed on four continents for his consistently and widely varied performances encompassing recitals, orchestral appearances, chamber ensemble engagements, and innovative multi-media presentations involving video, dance theatre, and sculpture.

As Artistic Director of Fulcrum Point, Burns is in charge of curating all of the Fulcrum Point Concerts. He advises the Auxiliary Board members in creating the Discoveries: Hear & Be Heard and Aux In: Connected! series.

Burns travels frequently to perform at festivals and concerts both nationally and internationally. Here is what he has been up to recently:

  • Guest artist at the Moab Music Festival in Utah with a repertoire ranging from Gabrieli to Bach and Stravinsky to Takemitsu. The concerts took place in the magically beautiful landscape of the red sandstone canyons.

  • Featured in the Grotto Concert on Sept. 5th. This concert brought musicians, audience and instruments down the Colorado River to a natural grotto carved out of the mesas by the forces of nature. The 2nd Brandenburg Concerto, which you can hear on this recording with Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival is one of the pinnacles of the trumpet repertoire. The week continued with performances of Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du Soldat” with dancers and actors, “La Revue de Cuisine” of Borislav Martinu, and Toru Takemitsu’s solo trumpet work “Paths” which culminates the Musical Hike to the end of a desert box canyon.

  • Performed at Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du Soldat” with Emerald City Music in Seattle, Washington. Performances of Stravinsky’s iconic work were paired with the premiere of “Her Story as a Soldier” by Angelique Poteat. Performances were held on September 13, 2019 at the Seattle Opera and September 14, 2019 at the Minnaert Center which was also Burns' birthday. Happy birthday Stephen!

Kris Casey