“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).


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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