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Conductor, composer, and trumpeter STEPHEN BURNS is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project in Chicago. He has been acclaimed on four continents for his virtuosity and interpretative depth in recitals, orchestral appearances, chamber music, and multimedia performances. He has worked closely with composers John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Gunther Schuller, Jacob TV, and La Monte Young. Native to Wellesley, Massachusetts, Burns studied under Carmine Caruso, Armando Ghitalla, Arnold Jacobs, Vincent Penzarella, Gerard Schwarz, Pierre Thibaud, William Vacchiano, and Roger Voisin at the Tanglewood Music Center, at the Julliard School, and did postgraduate work in Paris. He won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Avery Fisher Career Grant, the NEA Recital Grant, the Naumburg Award, the Charles Colin Award, the Meier Arts Achievement Award, and the Maurice André Concours International de Paris. Burns is a former tenured Professor of Music at Indiana University and Visiting Lecturer at Northwestern University, as well as with Amici della Musica in Florence, Italy. His CDs are available on the MHS, Dorian, Delos, Essay, Kleos, and Innova labels. Stephen Burns is a Yamaha performing artist.