Born in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, trumpet virtuoso Stephen Burns has been acclaimed for his accomplished and widely varied recitals, concerto appearances, chamber ensemble engagements, and innovative multimedia presentations involving video, dance, and sculpture. He studied under Armando Ghitalla, Gerard Schwarz, Pierre Thibaud, and Arnold Jacobs at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Julliard School, as well as in Paris and Chicago for post-graduate studies. In September of 1988, he won first prize at the second Maurice André International Competition for Trumpet in Paris, which brought him international recognition. Burns has performed in the major concert halls of four continents. He has been a guest at the White House and has appeared on NBC’s Today show and NPR’s All Things Considered. He has served on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and is a former tenured professor at Indiana University. Mr. Burns directs the Montreaux Open International Trumpet Academy and is also the founder and artistic director of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project in Chicago.