kenneth burky

Kenneth Burky

Keyboard Studies & Sacred Music Area Coordinator; Professor, Piano
Mary Pappert School of Music

Music, Room 211
Phone: 412.396.5868


A.B.D., Indiana University
M.M., Indiana University
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory

Kenneth L. Burky, professor, is Coordinator of the Keyboard Studies area at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University. Mr. Burky has enjoyed great success as a soloist, accompanist, and adjudicator throughout the country. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Emil Danenberg. While at Oberlin, Burky spent a year touring and studying at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. In 1961, Ken became a student at Indiana University-Bloomington where he earned his Master Music degree, studying with Bela Nagy, Vladio Perlemuter, and Gyorgy Sebok. He did his doctoral studies at Indiana University. Burky has also studied with James Friskin from the Juilliard School of Music and Arthur Loesser at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is an active member and adjudicator for PMTA, MTNA, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. In 1984, Burky was the Grand Prize winner in the International Piano Recording Competition sponsored by the NGPT. Before coming to Duquesne in 1978, he taught at Southwest Texas State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mr. Burky has been cited in the Who's Who in American Education (1990) and is an honored member of the 2010-11 Cambridge registry of Who's Who of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.

Mr. Burky was recently selected to adjudicate the prestigious Chinese Piano Competition (sponsored by CS Music in New York City) which was administered online from China. This competition was held during August 2020.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Graduate/Undergraduate Piano
  • Graduate/Undergraduate Piano Ensemble
  • Graduate/Undergraduate Collaborative Piano
  • Piano Performance Advisor