Born in Bad Dürrheim, Burkhard studied flute at "Staatlichen Musikhochschule Trossingen", "Detmold Music academy" and "Münchner Musikhochschule", where he finished his master class. he studied under Aure'le Nicolet after Gabriele Zimmermann and Paul Meisen.
During 1984 to 1989, he was a lecturer at Leopold-Mozart-Konservatorium in Augsburg. After joining Münchner Symphoniker, he joined Münchner Philharmonic in 1990, where he became the principal flutist in 1993. In those orchestras, he played with various famous conductors such as Sergiu Celibidache, Günter Wand, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, James Levine and Christian Thielemann.
Beside his work with the orchestras, he is putting an effort on contemporary music. As a member of "Ensembles TrioLog München" he won a music award in 2001 for Stadt München and appeared in Madrid, Seoul, Perugia, Rome and Paris and so on. In 2003, he held a concert in collaboration with highly-reputed string quartet, "Arditti - Quartet".