Michael Burns is Professor of bassoon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He has recorded for the Centaur, CAP, Telarc, EMI, Klavier, and Mark labels and has a new solo CD Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists which was released to critical acclaim in mid-2009 on the Mark Masters label. Burns holds the B.M. degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and the D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He currently is an active performer as a soloist, in chamber groups, and orchestrally with numerous recent performances at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and masterclasses throughout North America, Germany, China and the South Pacific. He performs as principal bassoon with the Asheville Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina, the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, and the Carolina Ballet and as bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble, the Blue Mountain Ensemble, the I-40 ensemble, and the Cascade Quintet. He also performs regularly with the North Carolina, Greensboro, and Charlotte Symphonies and as a guest with the Ciompi Quartet and Mallarme Chamber Players. In summers, Burns is associated with the Eastern Music Festival and the Bands of America Summer Symposium.