Kerry Bursey is a versatile singer and multi-instrumentalist born and based in Montreal. A light and aerially voiced tenor, he is particularly active in the Early music scene throughout Canada. He is also a sought-after lutenist and guitarist and also plays frequently with professional baroque groups in North America. He is also the new tenor of the classical vocal quartet Quartom.
He regularly sings with established early music groups such as Studio de Musique ancienne de Montréal, Ensemble Caprice, Theatre of Early Music, Harmonie des Saisons, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Clavecins en Concert and frequently performs in early music festivals around Canada as well as in the USA. He has participated in Tafelmusik's Baroque Summer Institute, and has studied and performed vocal works of Bach in Germany and Italy with the renowned Bachakademie in Stuttgart and Bachkantatenakademie in Weimar several times. He is a seasoned ensemble vocalist singing with groups such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici, les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ottawa Bach Choir and the reknowned Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul choir.
In the popular music scene, Kerry is frequently hired as a session musician and creative collaborator because of his broad musical output. In 2020, he composed and performed the soundtrack of the award-winning short film, 444, a psychological thriller which premiered at the 2021 Fantasia Film Festival in Montréal. He also sang Gregorian chants in the acclaimed Montreal-made video game Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.
Kerry studied classical guitar at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and early music singing at McGill University. He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal, in which he played the viola for 2 years, and was a prize-winner at the 2011 Grand Prix de guitare de Montréal.