About E. B. Bullock

"Music is humanity's common heritage and language. It moves us and reminds us of our similarities and bonds..." EBB

Edmund Barton Bullock’s first major work, Sextet for Two Violins, Viola, ‘Cello, Flute, and Piano was composed at the age of 15, and was premiered at the Eastern Music Festival, receiving a warmly encouraging review by the Greensboro Daily News and Record. The composer himself then conducted this work on a local television broadcast. Bullock received his Bachelor of Music, in piano performance, with a scholarship from both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G) and ASCAP. He began at this time to concertize, and received a glowing review from the Raleigh News and Observer, after a concert in the North Carolina State Art Museum chamber music series.

In 1978, under the advice of French pianist, Daniel Ericourt, Artist in Residence at UNC-G, Bullock went to Paris to continue his studies with renowned Paris Conservatory professor Pierre Sancan, and at the Paris Conservatory Summer Music School in Nice. Under 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.

Beginning a new creative period in his life after attaining residency in France, Bullock moved to the area of Toulouse in 1989, where he still resides today. In 1990, he composed a chamber orchestra work for musical theater, commissioned by Association La 440, ‘Kochka’, which received a stirring premiere at the Scène Nationale in Foix and enthusiastic reviews by the local press. He continued his piano studies with French pianist Thérèse Dussaut, and Russian pianist Yevgeni Malinin, while continuing to concertize as soloist and chamber musician.

In 1994, Bullock began a nine-year collaboration with the La Gesse Foundation and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, studying piano, composition and conducting with former director Dr. Robert Sirota. He performed Mozart’s Concerto in D minor for Piano and Orchestra with the Hartford Chamber Orchestra in 1995, in Hartford and at the Maison Française of the Embassy of France in Washington, D. C. with outstanding press reviews. He began at the same time an intense period of concertizing, becoming more and more specialized in chamber music, performing in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, and Spain with renowned artists such as Stephen Kates, ‘cellist, Shigenori Kudo, flutist, Hyunah Yu, soprano, Michael Lankaster, conductor.

Bullock’s ‘Songs of the Night’ for Soprano and Piano-Trio were premiered in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, in 1999. This work also received a warm review from the Toulouse La Dépêche newspaper, after a performance 
in 2000 sponsored by the La Gesse and Bemberg Foundations.  Bullock’s chamber music works were performed in the Carnegie Recital Hall in September 2002 with a standing ovation.


Besides the Cycle of Seven Art Songs in honor of the Seven Troubadours and of Clémence Isaure, composed in collaboration with the prestigious Académie des Jeux Floraux de Toulouse, Bullock has also composed the Tre Canzonieri, based on sonnets of Petrarch in Italian, and the Cycle of Five Troubadour Art Songs, based on English translations by American poet Ezra Pound of twelfth-century poems in Languedoc. Bullock’s art songs are published by Classical Vocal Reprints.

Bullock’s Appalachian’ Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Hood, Jr., was premiered with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, James Allen Anderson, conductor, and Russian pianist Bair Shagdaron as soloist, on the occasion of Chancellor Kenneth Peacock’s installment ceremonies at Appalachian State University in April, 2005. In 2006, the Catawba Valley United Arts Council commissioned a piano quintet for the Degas String Quartet, premiered in February 2007 at Appalachian State University.

In the spring of 2007, Bullock received a commission from the Communautés et Communes de Save et Garonne and Association Patsy to compose a transcription for piano-trio and chorus of the Ode to Joy of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This commission was part of an educational project grant that led to a 15 concert piano-trio tour in the Toulouse region of France with the Trio Atma, founded in 2006 by Bullock, violinist Blagoya Dimcevski and ‘cellist, Brooks Whitehouse. 

In the summer of 2010, after ceremonial supplication by Grandmother Red Leaf, Greatly Beloved Woman of the Native American Cherokee tribe, Bullock received the spiritual name of "Stone Weaver." Red Leaf then wrote, "Stone Weaver feels the vibration of the Mother Earth, and captures these fragile vibrations and weaves them into silken threads of sound which come from the eternal vibrations of the heart of the mother. He then skillfully weaves these sounds into strands which are joined together to form the voice of the Trees, the Water, the Plant People, the Four-Legged, the Winged Ones, the Wind People, The Star Nation, and all that Is. The Old Ones sing to him from the Trees."

The libretto and the music of the oratorio The Awakening of Humanity honor Native American metaphysical values that hold all creation to be sacred, and all humanity to be connected. They form a bridge between cultures as a means to heal historic injustices. The Awakening of Humanity is an Honor Gift to all people who yearn for righteousness and an end to separation. The Awakening of Humanity is a coming together. 

Bullock is also working on the composition of a French oratorio, entitled 'Le Cortège de Lucie’, based on the libretto of French poet and philosopher, Bernard VanBrugghe, as well as piano and vocal works, and preparing frequent solo and chamber music recitals. 

Bullock is also available for master-classes on request.



A few words from the composer about his work, Appalachian Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 

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“Magnifico…”    

Of his Trio for Violin, ‘Cello and Piano, Spanish Magazine “Hola”