Pianist and Composer
Edmund Barton “Bart” Bullock has been leading a successful double career as composer and pianist, performing his own major works and chamber music throughout the United States and Europe. He scored a musical triumph in June 2016 with the world premiere of a commissioned Te Deum based on a 4th century Latin text. The event, performed at the Cathedral Ste. Marie of Auch in France, enjoyed the patronage of His Royal Highness, Prince Henrik of Denmark, regional governors and high church officials of France, Knights of the Order of Malta and French aristocrats.
In development is another major composition titled The Awakening of Humanity, an oratorio in collaboration with American novelist and librettist St. Leger “Monty” Joynes. Begun in 2007, the first two movements of the work were performed three times in 2015. The Awakening of Humanity honors Native American metaphysical values that hold all creation to be sacred and all humanity to be connected.
Bullock’s major symphonic work is the Appalachian Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. It was commissioned for the installment ceremonies of the Appalachian State University Chancellor in April 2005. Its French premiere, with Bullock at the piano, was performed twice in May of 2008 by the Orchestre de la Cité Internationale de Paris. It was then performed twice by the Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina in February 2009.
Bullock’s relationship to French culture dates from 1978 when, on the advice of French pianist Daniel Ericourt, artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went to Paris to continue his musical studies. Under a full scholarship at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, he received the “Licence d’Enseignement,” with honors, and a performance prize for the prestigious “Licence de Concert” in 1988. After attaining residency in France, Bullock moved to the Toulouse area where he currently lives in a restored home on the estate of the Château de Palaminy.
In the 1990s Bullock maintained a nine-year collaboration with the La Gesse Foundation and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. His Songs of the Night premiered at Carnegie Hall, New York in 1999, and his chamber music works were staged in the Carnegie Recital Hall in September 2002.
One of Bullock’s most recognized collaborations is with the Académie des Jeux Floraux de Toulouse, the oldest literary society in the western world, founded in 1323 by seven troubadours. Bullock’s Cycle of Seven Art Songs premiered in the Clémence Isaure Hall in 2001, and then was performed in Carnegie Hall that same year.