Dr Katrina Burton

Lecturer, Programme Leader for BMus (Hons)

Born in Liverpool, Katrina’s first compositional studies were taken at the University of Glasgow. She then completed an MMus and PhD (in composition) at the University of Edinburgh; both degrees funded by the AHRC. During her PhD studies she was awarded a number of scholarships that enabled her to undertake research in New York, resulting in a large-scale orchestral work influenced by the architecture of the Chrysler Building. Katrina was appointed Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh Napier University in 2007.

As a composer Katrina’s music is very much inspired by an interest in the visual arts: painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture. Her work has been performed by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, NYOS: Futures, the Concorde Ensemble, the Research Ensemble and the Edinburgh Quartet with performances in the UK, Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Malta, Florida and Chicago. Most recently Katrina’s interest in music and architecture led to the commission of a new work that received multiple performances during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2014 Open House Chicago event. She is one of the leaders on a Janet funded telematic performing arts project, involving faculty and students at Edinburgh Napier University and universities in the USA and Liverpool. This project has enabled Katrina to compose for dance, an area of her compositional practice she is keen to develop.

Katrina teaches history of music (with a particular focus on music post-1900), composition, music analysis, and supervises honours year dissertation projects, MRes, and PhD candidates. She is the recipient of two Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association Excellence Awards and is a Fellow of the HEA.