Andrew Burke is interested in exploring music’s ability to address and elucidate complex social and political issues. After working in political communications for four years, he returned to music and is now pursuing his master's degree at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studies with Christopher Cerrone and Kevin Puts.
Burke began writing music in high school as a pop musician. His former band, The Da Vincis, released their debut album during their Junior year, which Robert Christgau praised for displaying a “mastery of the three-minute pop song.” In conjunction with popular music, Burke studied piano performance for 15 years with various teachers including Lynn Raley, who first introduced him to contemporary repertoire.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, where he studied with Ingrid Arauco and Curt Cacioppo. He has written many chambers works for various contemporary ensembles, including Unheard of Ensemble. In 2020, he won second place in Peabody’s Prix d’Été competition, and he is currently working on his first feature-length film score for Brutal Season. He continues to release pop music under the moniker Danke Shane and will be releasing his second EP in 2021 with Tape Dad Records.