Richard Burgin

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Richard Burgin
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Polish-American violinist, best known as associate conductor and the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO).
(October 11, 1892 – April 29, 1981)

Burgin was born in Siedlce, Poland, and first performed in public at age 11, as a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic Society. In 1906 he studied with Joseph Joachim in Berlin, and from 1908 to 1912, he studied with Leopold Auer at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Then he worked in Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo.

Burgin was appointed concertmaster of the BSO in 1920, when Pierre Monteux was the orchestra's conductor. He was appointed assistant conductor in 1927. He conducted the BSO in 308 concerts in the United States, Australia and Japan, and was associate conductor for seven world premieres and 25 Boston premieres.
Earlier, he had been concertmaster Leningrad Symphony, Helsinki Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic and the Stockholm Concert Society. He played under conductors Max Fiedler, Arthur Nikisch, and the composers Richard Strauss, and Jean Sibelius. Burgin retired from the BSO following the 1961-62 season.

In 1957, Burgin told TIME Magazine, "I know many virtuosos and I do not envy them. They tell me what it's like to play the same few pieces over and over and know they have to go here and then be there. Not for me. I like the orchestra."

As a violin soloist, he played the U.S. premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, on 24 April 1925, with the BSO under Serge Koussevitzky.

Within a year of coming to Boston, Burgin organized the Burgin String Quartet. He also headed the string department of New England Conservatory and in 1953 was its orchestra conductor. He taught violin and conducting at New England Conservatory. Starting in 1959, Burgin also taught at Boston University, where he directed the Boston University Chamber Orchestra and lectured, and at the Berkshire Music Center, where he taught conducting. After moving to Florida following his retirement, Burgin taught at Florida State University. During this time, he also formed the Florestan Quartet with his wife, violinist Ruth Posselt, as a member. He retired from Florida State University in the mid-1970s.

Burgin was a chevalier officer of the French Légion d'honneur and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Burgin married Ruth Posselt on July 3, 1940. Their son, Richard W. Burgin is a short story writer and editor. Their daughter, Diana Lewis Burgin, is an author, and Professor of Russian at the University of Massachusetts; she had published a narrative poem "Richard Burgin: A Life in Verse" (Slavica Pub, 1989; ISBN 0893571962) describing her father's biography.

He died in Gulfport, Florida, on 29 April 1981.
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Albums

ML 4329 Richard Burgin - Concerto In G Minor For Organ, String Orchestra / Music Of César Franck album art Francis PoulencCésar Franck ; E. Power Biggs, Richard Burgin, Columbia Symphony Orchestra Francis PoulencCésar Franck ; E. Power Biggs, Richard Burgin, Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Concerto In G Minor For Organ, String Orchestra / Music Of César Franck Columbia Masterworks ML 4329 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 4435 Richard Burgin - Music Of Jubilee album art Johann Sebastian Bach, E. Power Biggs With Richard Burgin Conducting The Columbia Chamber Orchestra Johann Sebastian Bach, E. Power Biggs With Richard Burgin Conducting The Columbia Chamber Orchestra - Music Of Jubilee(LP, Mono) Columbia Masterworks ML 4435 US 1951 Sell This Version
BC-3 Richard Burgin - Don Quijote, Op. 35 album art Richard Strauss - Charles Munch, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gregor Piatigorsky, Richard Burgin, Joseph De Pasquale Richard Strauss - Charles Munch, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gregor Piatigorsky, Richard Burgin, Joseph De Pasquale - Don Quijote, Op. 35 (Album) RCA Victor BC-3 US 1955 Sell This Version
B-402 Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Part 1 album art The Zimbler Sinfonietta, The Chorus Of Boston University, Richard Burgin The Zimbler Sinfonietta, The Chorus Of Boston University, Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Part 1(LP) Boston Records B-402 US 1955 Sell This Version
B-404 Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Part 3 album art The Zimbler Sinfonietta, The Chorus Of Boston University, Richard Burgin The Zimbler Sinfonietta, The Chorus Of Boston University, Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Part 3(LP) Boston Records B-404 US 1955 Sell This Version
B-403 Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Part 2 album art The Zimbler Sinfonietta, The Chorus Of Boston University, Richard Burgin The Zimbler Sinfonietta, The Chorus Of Boston University, Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Part 2(LP) Boston Records B-403 US 1955 Sell This Version
B-405 Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Part 4 album art The Zimbler Sinfonietta, The Chorus Of Boston University, Richard Burgin The Zimbler Sinfonietta, The Chorus Of Boston University, Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Part 4(LP) Boston Records B-405 US 1955 Sell This Version
ML 5199 Richard Burgin - Concerto For Organ And Chamber Orchestra, Op.46, No. 2 / Sonata No. 7 In F Minor For Organ Op.127 album art Hindemith* / Rheinberger* - Richard Burgin Conducting The Columbia Chamber Orchestra, E. Power Biggs Hindemith* / Rheinberger* - Richard Burgin Conducting The Columbia Chamber Orchestra, E. Power Biggs - Concerto For Organ And Chamber Orchestra, Op.46, No. 2 / Sonata No. 7 In F Minor For Organ Op.127 (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 5199 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
BST-1007 Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Volume II album art The Zimbler Sinfonietta, Richard Burgin The Zimbler Sinfonietta, Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family Volume II(LP) Boston Records BST-1007 US 1958 Sell This Version
MS 6117 Richard Burgin - Music For Organ And Brass: Canzonas Of Gabrieli And Frescobaldi album art E. Power Biggs and The Boston Brass Ensemble* Conducted By Richard Burgin E. Power Biggs and The Boston Brass Ensemble* Conducted By Richard Burgin - Music For Organ And Brass: Canzonas Of Gabrieli And Frescobaldi (Album) Columbia Masterworks MS 6117 US 1959 Sell This Version
HK3188 Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family album art Chorus of Boston University*, Zimbler Sinfonietta* Conductor Richard Burgin Chorus of Boston University*, Zimbler Sinfonietta* Conductor Richard Burgin - Music Of The Bach Family(LP, Album) RCA Special Products HK3188 US 1971 Sell This Version
MHK62353, MHK 62353 Richard Burgin - The Antiphonal Music Of Gabrieli album art Gabrieli* - The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble*, The Cleveland Brass Ensemble*, The Chicago Brass Ensemble, E. Power Biggs, The Boston Brass Ensemble*, Richard Burgin Gabrieli* - The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble*, The Cleveland Brass Ensemble*, The Chicago Brass Ensemble, E. Power Biggs, The Boston Brass Ensemble*, Richard Burgin - The Antiphonal Music Of Gabrieli (Comp) Sony Classical, Sony Classical MHK62353, MHK 62353 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
B-206 Richard Burgin - Quartet In E Flat Minor Op 30 album art Tschaikowsky*, Leo Panasevich, Joseph De Pasquale, Samuel Mayes, Richard Burgin Tschaikowsky*, Leo Panasevich, Joseph De Pasquale, Samuel Mayes, Richard Burgin - Quartet In E Flat Minor Op 30(LP) Boston Records B-206 US Unknown Sell This Version
KCL-9024 Richard Burgin - Baroque-  Italian Music For Strings Of The Baroque Period album art Vivaldi* / Veracini* / Dall'Abaco* / Torelli* / Albinoni*, Cambridge Society For Early Music / Edwin Bodky, Richard Burgin, Ruth Posselt Vivaldi* / Veracini* / Dall'Abaco* / Torelli* / Albinoni*, Cambridge Society For Early Music / Edwin Bodky, Richard Burgin, Ruth Posselt - Baroque- Italian Music For Strings Of The Baroque Period(LP, Mono, RE) Kapp Records KCL-9024 US Unknown Sell This Version
L-51-104 Richard Burgin - Sonata For Piano And Violin / Indian Diary Book 1 album art Edward Weiss, Richard Burgin Edward Weiss, Richard Burgin - Sonata For Piano And Violin / Indian Diary Book 1(LP) Circle L-51-104 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

409.108 AE Richard Burgin - Jésus, Que Ma Joie Demeure / Toccata Et Fugue En Ré Mineur album art J.-S. Bach* / E. Power Biggs, Columbia Chamber Orchestra Direction Richard Burgin J.-S. Bach* / E. Power Biggs, Columbia Chamber Orchestra Direction Richard Burgin - Jésus, Que Ma Joie Demeure / Toccata Et Fugue En Ré Mineur (EP) Philips 409.108 AE France 1959 Sell This Version
A-1641 Richard Burgin - Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring / Sheep May Safely Graze album art Bach*, E. Power Biggs Organ The Columbia Chamber Orchestra* Conducted By Richard Burgin Bach*, E. Power Biggs Organ The Columbia Chamber Orchestra* Conducted By Richard Burgin - Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring / Sheep May Safely Graze (Single) Columbia Masterworks A-1641 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

MG 32311 Richard Burgin - Heroic Music For Organ, Brass & Percussion album art E. Power Biggs, New England Brass Ensemble, Richard Burgin E. Power Biggs, New England Brass Ensemble, Richard Burgin - Heroic Music For Organ, Brass & Percussion (Comp) Columbia Masterworks MG 32311 US 1973 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

ND5 -MM -11037 / 39 Richard Burgin - Program No.10 album art Boston Symphony Orchestra, Richard Burgin Boston Symphony Orchestra, Richard Burgin - Program No.10(Vinyl, 16", Transcription) U.S. Department Of State ND5 -MM -11037 / 39 US 1945 Sell This Version