“For My Mother” by Keith Burstein

The Brighton Phil were contacted by local composer Keith Burstein who was arranging a memorial performance of a piece of music he had written in memory of his mother, Barbara Burston, who died recently at the age of 97. He was seeking a Brighton Phil violinist to play the piece with him, as Barbara and her husband Samuel were both violinists and members of the Brighton Philharmonic, where they first met in 1948.

  • Barbara Burston

  • Barbara Burston & Keith circa 1964

  • Samuel, Barbara and Keith Burston

  • Samuel and Barbara Burston on Brighton beach in the 1960s

We are delighted to report that Roland Roberts, himself one half of a current Brighton Phil husband and wife violin duo (with his wife Ani Batikian) was able to answer the call.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of an extract from the piece, entitled For My Mother, composed and played by Keith Burstein (piano) and joined by Roland Roberts (violin).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wfotkWmpTc&feature=youtu.be

An article about Keith’s music and musical influences, including his parents and inspirational piano teacher Christine Pembridge, can be viewed here: https://crosseyedpianist.com/2017/01/26/meet-the-artist-keith-burstein-composer/

Read more about Keith at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Burstein

Keith Burstein on a recent visit to Bonn in preparation for music he has written for the 2020 celebrations of Beethoven in his birth town

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