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 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, Italy, China and the South Pacific. He performs as principal bassoon with the Asheville Symphony, the North Carolina Opera and the Carolina Ballet and as bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble, the Blue Mountain Ensemble, Forecast Music and the NC Collective. 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 faculty in the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Tuscany Italy the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp in Durham, NC and in the Anchorage Music Festival in Alaska. Formerly he was associated with the Eastern Music Festival and the Bands of America Summer Symposium. In the summer of 2014 Burns was instrumental in introducing the first NC edition of the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp and Operation O.B.O.E. where he also served as bassoon faculty.

Prior to his current positions, Burns performed in numerous professional orchestras including the Cincinnati and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and he held Principal positions with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Midland/Odessa, Richmond and Abilene Symphonies. He has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Indiana State University, Midland College, and a variety of summer festivals and schools.

Burns is also an active composer with many of his pieces being published by TrevCo Music, Potenza Music and Effiny Music and frequently performed throughout the country as well as internationally.

He has published articles and reviews in the
Double Reed (the journal of the International Double Reed Society), the TBA Journal (Texas Bandmasters’ Association), the NC Music Educator (journal of the NC Music Educator's Association for which he served as Woodwind Notes Editor, 1995-2007), Notes (the journal of the Music Library Association) and on the Yamaha Educator Series online. His mentors include William Winstead, Sherman Walt, Leonard Sharrow, Sidney Rosenberg, and Colin Hemmingsen. He is archivist for the International Double Reed Society and was co-host for the IDRS 2003 Conference in Greensboro, NC.