John Burke. Photo: A. Czink

John Burke

May 10, 1951 - January 18, 2020

In Memoriam John Burke

John Burke left this world on January 18, 2020. He left behind many friends and colleagues who loved the man and his music. This web site is maintained to honour his legacy, and bring news of new recordings and events in the coming years.

If you know of events featuring John Burke’s music, please Contact Us.

Musicians looking to obtain sheet music should contact the Canadian Music Centre

John Burke’s last public appearance

John's last public appearance was at the premiere of his composition La Despedida, December 6, 2019, Hugh’s Room, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The live performance video (below) includes a brief interview with John after the performance.

This live performance has recently been released on Ensemble Vivant’s latest CD, Latin Romance. Read a touching review that includes mention of John’s death here.




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More information about John Burke’s activities and projects at

Canadian Music Centre tribute to John Burke is here.

This web site is maintained by friends of John Burke on a volunteer basis.
Please consider making a donation for its upkeep. Thank you.

Site updated 2023-10-15