Alice Burla (Age: 21)

Sponsor Alice Burla

“She expresses, through her music, some of the deepest, indefinable parts of the human condition.” - LisaMarie DeSanto

21 year old Alice Burla, called an "extraordinary talent" by the New York Times, stands out for her colorful, intelligent and open approach to music.

Born in Toronto, Alice began studying piano at the age of 4, made her orchestral debut at 5 and played her first solo recital at 6. She was one of the youngest students ever accepted to The Juilliard School, where she studied with Oxana Yablonskaya. Alice Burla has been awarded the 2013 American Prize, 1st prize at the Canadian National Music Competition, 8th New York Music Competition, and was a Finalist at the 13th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Japan.

Alice has participated in major international festivals such as the Verbier Festival Academy, International Summer Academy Mozarteum (Salzburg), Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander, Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes (Israel), Paderewski Piano Academy (Poland), Hamamatsu International Piano Academy, and International Piano Master Classes in Berlin, and has worked with renowned musicians such as Dmitri Alexeev, Gabor Tákacs -Nagy, Piotr Paleczny, Andrzej Jasinski, Sergei Babayan, Ferenc Rados, Joaquín Soriano, Klaus Hellwig, Sequeira Costa, Tatiana Zelikman, and Emanuel Krasovsky.

Alice has performed in famous venues such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot (Paris), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Palacio de Festivales de Santander, World Economic Forum (Geneva), Wiener Saal at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Steinway Hall, Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York City), ACT City Concert Hall in Hamamatsu (Japan), and Glenn Gould Studio at CBC Radio (Toronto).

Her performances have been featured on American PBS telecasts of "Live from Carnegie Hall" and on WQXR as part of the "From the Top" national radio broadcast, as well as on National Spanish Radio.

Ms. Burla has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, New York Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra Amadeus (Mexico), Donetsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), Torun Symphony Orchestra (Poland). This June she will be making her debut with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Christoph Gedschold.

In 2010, Ms. Burla appeared as a piano prodigy in the 20th Century Fox major film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps , directed by Oliver Stone.

Together with Pierre Delignies, Alice is cofounder of piano duo IndiviDUAL, an ensemble born to explore the realm of duality in unity. This project has brought them to various cities in Spain, Holland and the United States to perform. They have appeared on National Spanish Radio, both performing and interviewed. IndiviDUAL’s most recent events included their debut at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona as participants of the Primer Palau, after which they received the Premio Palau Accésit and and Critic Prizes. In June they will be making their debut at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as part of the PROMS day of the Holland Festival.

As a chamber musician Burla has collaborated with Maxim Vengerov and Eduard Brunner, performed contemporary music as part of the Sinfonietta of the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, double piano works with Oxana Yablonskaya, as well as being part of various trios and quartets. She has received instruction from musicians such as Anton Kernjak, Naum Grubert, Frans Helmerson, Marta Gulyas, Luis Fernando Pérez, and Jennifer Combs.

From 2013-2016, Alice Burla studied with world-renowned professor Dmitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.

She is currently studying with Prof. Claudio Martínez Mehner at the Musik Akademie Basel in Basel, Switzerland.