Classical Harmonica Player
and vynil disks
Willi Burger on You Tube: autograph session at Hong Kong City Hall after the concert
Willi Burger su You Tube: Rachmaninoff/Kreisler
Amadeus harmonica designed by Willi Burger, Hohner top model
HARMONICA WORLD: Article on Willi Burger, an artist at H2007
… Burger is a true virtuoso, not merely because of his technical mastery of his instrument,but because of his overall sense of musicality, which enables him to breathe fresh life into pieces such as "Air on the G String" and "Flight of the Bumble Bee," as well ...
...Willi Burger is one of those dedicated classical chromatic players. ... In this CD he has taken on the music of Spain and of South America and put his stamp on it, "loud and clear".
James HUGHES (Great Britain, 2006):
is the BEST playing I have ever heard from him. He has reached a new
height in excellence. I loved everything about this beautifully
recorded and produced CD. There are very few harmonica
"Un virtuose mondialement reconnu, un Maestro et un des pčres de l'évolution de l'harmonica chromatique. ... Professeur, il anime stages et masterclasses et nombreux sont ceux qui sont fiers d'ętre comptés parmi ses élčves. De plus, ce grand Monsieur est d'une simplicité, d'une modestie, et d'une gentillesse incroyables... Willi BURGER est un véritable MAÎTRE...."
Willi is probably the last of the great classical players of the 50s...Willi plays very expressively and has a great tone...
was born in Milan (Italy), where he studied at the Academy of Fine Art
and Architecture at the Polytecnic having studied the classics in
Germany. He developed a passion for the
chromatic harmonica in classical music and it was here that his
intuition for the surprising quality and possibilities of this instrument
transformed him into a virtuoso player of interpretation and technique,
distinguishing himself from those who limit the harmonica to other
parameters and a forerunner, creating a vast classical repertoire for
1955 he was invited by the
"Fédération Internationale de l’Harmonica" to take part in the Winterthur competition, where he was proclaimed
winner with unanimous consent, amazing the international jury with his
extraordinary virtuosity. John Sebastian, Larry Adler, Tommy Reilly
admired his technical talent, his melodic style and his peculiar timbre.
the great success at
Winterthur, Burger began an intense concert season with performances all
Burger usually performs as a guest in an orchestra and, for several years,
in duo with the pianist Marcello Parolini. Together they have given
numerous concerts and made recordings with record companies like
Agorŕ, Curci and EUCLED.
repertoire includes classical and modern as well as original pieces written for the harmonica by world-famous
composers: Vaughan Williams, Rodrigo, Whettam, Benjamin, Arnold, Milhaud,
Villa-Lobos, Jacob, Chailly. In Italy, Abbado (“Fantasia e fuga” for
harmonica solo”), Reverberi (Suite
N.1 for harmonica and Strings; Suite N.2 for harmonica and Orchestra;
Concerto for harmonica and Symphonic Orchestra; N. 2 studi for chromatic
harmonica “solo”), Bandel
(“Apoteosi”, “Funky Beat”), Cňggiola (“Sentieri blu”),
Cattaneo (“Umleitung”), Negro, Bombardelli,
Teodori have all written music for Willi Burger. Aldemaro Romero, the
famous Venezuelan Author, has also written music for Willi Burger.
his wonderful transcripions (Transkriptionen für Harmonika) he constantly
widens his repertoire.
is a versatile artist also in the figurative arts. His famous works on
glass are exhibited at New
York, Athene, Italy and many other countries and were published in a lot
of specialized art books.
his career Burger has played in hundreds of concerts. Some examples: in
duets with A. Ballista, E. Muller, D. Anzaghi and as soloist with the
Symphony Orchestra of Ljubljana, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Orchestra
of the Radio of Munich (Germany), the Piccola Sinfonica of Milan (Italy),
the Philharmonic Orchestra of Turin (Italy), the Cameristi of Genoa
(Italy) and with the Virtuosi Ensemble of Venice G.F. Malipiero in
Vivaldi’s Church (Italy).
concert performances were held in the Palacio of Music in Barcelona and in
the Konzert-Haus in Nürnberg (Germany).
1989 he was invited to perform as a soloist at The New Year's Day Concert
given by the "Simfonicni
Orkester Slovenske Filharmonije".
the last concert seasons he played for the Society of the Concerts in Sala
Verdi of the Academy of Music of Milan, Italy (1991-1996) and in the Sala
Grande of the Academy of Music of Turin, Italy (1997-1998), in Rome,
Italy, at Quirinale (“Concerti del Quirinale” which were broadcasted
live in Europe by Italian National TV RAI), in the Auditorium of Milan
(Italy) with the chamber
music Symphony Orchestra G. Verdi, at Teatro Coccia in Novara, I,
(2001-2002), and more. He played at the Gala Concert of the “Ier Festival International
de l’Harmonica” held in Auxerre, France in May 2006. He was given the
role of Master Performer and judge at the 6th International Asia Pacific
Harmonica Festival in August 2006 in Taipei. In Taipei, 2006, he
also performed at Gala Concert. On August 2006 Willi Burger
performed at National University of Singapore in a concert.
In 2007 he performed at NHL festival in Bristol where he got a standing
ovation. At NHL festival he also did a Seminar. In 2007 Willi Burger performed again at NUS in Singapore
(seminar and concert) and at Hong Kong City Hall Auditorium, where he
represented the European musical stream.
In Febuary 2008 he performed with the Capriccio Harmonico Ensemble
(string quintet) in one of the most important theatres in Italy.
In July 2008 and July 2009 he performed at Nordic Baltic Harmonica Festival
(Parnu, 2008-2009) where he held a seminar and 3 concerts (standing ovation)
and he was in the judging committee.
In August 2008 he performed at the gala concert in St. Louis (USA)
at the SPAH festival and he conducted a masterclass.
Moreover he performed in France and in Germany, at World Harmonica
Festival, Trossingen, 2009, he played at Gala concert and he was in the
judging commettee and did two masterclasses.
Moreover he performed in France and in Germany, at World Harmonica Festival, Trossingen, 2009, he played at Gala concert and he was in the judging commettee and did two masterclasses.
October 9, 2010 he was invited by M°
José Antonio Abreu
to play as a soloist with the Sinfónica de la
Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolívar at Sala Bolivar in Caracas (Venezuela): he played the Concert
for harmonica and strings -Estreno en Latinoamérica written by
the photo with Willi Burger)
Willi Burger and Antonio Piana at WORLD HARMONICA FESTIVAL, TROSSINGEN 2009
Willi Burger (Harmonica) and Marcello Parolini (piano) at Gala Concert, WORLD HARMONICA FESTIVAL, TROSSINGEN 2009
HONG KONG 2007
Concert Hall, after the concert
P C Ho, Y. Watani, Willi Burger
Concert and seminar
Concert and seminar
A vynil disk by Willi Burger
France Harmonica magazine dedicated to Willi Burger
NHL magazine dedicated to Willi Burger
Singapore concert 2008
Willi Burger, Worldchampion in 1955
Willi Burger and Toots Thielmans
Harmoliege 2008 (Belgium)
Willi Burger at NHL Festival
Bristol (GB) 2007
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