British conductor Tim Murray’s current engagements include Street Scene and Cardillac Oper Köln, Orphee ed Euridice Cape Town Opera, George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill Teatro Real at Teatros del Canal, Madrid, Blixen (music by Debussy), Carmen suite and Bournonville’s Et Folkesagn Royal Danish Orchestra and Ballet, Stravinsky concert London Philharmonic Orchestra, and a programme including The Rite of Spring for the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Ballet. He is Associate Music Director Cape Town Opera and former Music Director of Tête à Tête Festival in London, conducting 22 world premieres. He was a “Newcomer” finalist in the 2015 International Opera Awards.
He most recently conducted a new production of Street Scene Teatro Real, Madrid, Mandela Trilogy Cape Town Opera (UK tour, Ravenna Festival, Dubai Opera and Hong Kong Arts Festival), Der fliegende Holländer, The Merry Widow and Carmen Cape Town Opera, Porgy and Bess Teatro Colón and Teatro Real, Madrid, and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Charlotte Bray’s Out of the Ruins (premiere) on the main-stage, and the UK premiere of Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, which he revived at the Barbican.
He made a debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris with Weill’s Street Scene. He conducted Porgy and Bess at the Liceu Barcelona, L’Opéra National de Bordeaux, London Coliseum and Artscape Theatre Cape Town.
In contemporary dance, he conducted a triple bill, including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. He collaborated with choreographer Wayne McGregor in his 2014 debut with the Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, conducting Berkeley’s arrangement of Bach’s The Art of Fugue. Also with McGregor: Le Sacre du Printemps Hamburg/Cape Town City Ballet, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s premiere Undance Sadlers Wells, recorded for NMC Records. Other dance projects: The Soldier’s Tale Tokyo’s New National Theater and Osaka, and The Wind in the Willows and Pinocchio ROH, both with choreographer Will Tuckett.
Concert work includes The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, A Child of our Time Orquesta y Coro de Radio Televisión Española, BBC Proms (w/Birmingham Contemporary Music Group), Philharmonia Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra (works by Stravinsky and Ligeti), Chroma (including works by Jonathan Harvey), Festival of English Music/Ghent Conservatorium, LPO and BBC Singers. In 2015, he conducted the LPO in a televised concert at Wembley Stadium.
Murray studied at Cambridge University, Royal College of Music, Tanglewood Music Center and with Oliver Knussen at the Britten-Pears School.
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