A native of Richmond, Virginia, Douglas-Jayd Burn began serious musical study at age 18 and now holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Arizona (DMA 2018), the Hartt School (MM 2013), and Virginia Commonwealth University (BM 2007), studying with John Milbauer, David Westfall, and Dmitri Shteinberg respectively, and also studying organ with
Ardyth Lohuis. He has appeared in masterclasses with Eric Larsen, Sonia Rubinsky, and Edward Newman. He has served as an instructor at the University of Arizona under the guidance of Dr. Lisa Zdechlik, and as a Teaching Fellow at the Hartt School.
Active as a soloist and chamber artist, he involves himself in a wide variety of ensembles and performs an extensive range of repertoire. He has performed with members of the Zürich Opera Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Deutsch Oper Berlin, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Burn is also a passionate scholar and particularly interested in the music of Paul Hindemith, and presented his lecture recital The German Romantic Style of Piano Sonata no. 1 “Der Main” as a part of his doctoral dissertation.
Burn is also active as a conductor of both choral and orchestral ensembles, previously studying with Richard Coffey and Thomas Cockrell. He has previously conducted the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the University of Arizona Philharmonic, the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, the Clara Barton District Festival Choir, and the Unitarian Society of Hartford Chancel Choir. He currently serves as the Director of Music and organist at Chester Presbyterian Church.
A fervent performer of new music, Burn has worked with and premiered works by composers including Adriel Reynolds, Andrey Stolyarov, Matthew Kennedy, Kyle Wernke, Jessica Rugani, and Matthew Primm. During his tenure as Music Director at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, he established and coordinated their Composer-in-Residence program with the Hartt School
composition program. Burn recently recorded 24 Preludes, op. 1—a work dedicated to him—by Joshua Nichols for Hoot/Wisdom Recordings at Florida Atlantic University; Burn will give the live world premiere on February 8, 2020 as part of the Richmond Public Library Gellman Room Concert Series.