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Recordings can be found on tabs marked *

   

UPCOMING EVENTS (Spring 2020 - Spring 2021):

 - Debut season of the Westchester Chamber Soloists, Westchester's premier chamber orchestra:

       Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos & Choral Fantasia / visit www.WestchesterChamberSoloists.com)

 

 - NOW:  Mozart - The Piano Concertos Sundays at 3:00pm (May 10 - June 28)  

        (see 'Mozart Cycle 2020' tab for further details; recordings posted for works marked *

    Performed with pre-recorded orchestra accompaniment and Commentary on the Life & Music of W. A. Mozart 

    May 10 - Piano Concertos Nos. 5*, 14* & 21* June 7 - Piano Concertos Nos. 11, 12 & 13

    May 17 - Piano Concertos Nos. 6*, 15* & 23* June 14 - Piano Concertos Nos. 18, 20 & 22

    May 24 - Piano Concertos Nos. 8*, 16* & 19* June 21 - Piano Concertos Nos. 24 & 25

    May 31 - Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 17* June 28 - Piano Concertos Nos. 26 & 27

   

NOTE: DUE TO ONGOING SYSTEMIC HEALTH CONCERNS & VENUE CLOSINGS, SOME PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED OR RECONFIGURED AS LIVE-STREAMS

 POSTPONED Sat, April 25:  Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1 / Westchester Chamber Soloists / Mid-Westchester JCC / Scarsdale, NY

 - POSTPONED Sat, May 2:  Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) / Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Gehring / Malvern, PA

 - POSTPONED Sat, June 6:  RiverArts Music Tour 2020 - Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet & Quintet Masterpieces / Studio-Hollywood, NY

 - POSTPONED Sat, June 12:  Dvorak - Piano Concerto / Newark (Del.) Symphony Orchestra, Simeone Tartaglione / Newark, DE

 - POSTPONED Sun, June 13:  Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 3 Westchester Chamber Soloists / Purchase College, NY

 - Sun, June 27:  J.S. Bach - Goldberg Variations, Samuel Barber - Piano Sonata, Szymanowski - Variations Op. 10 recordings to be posted

 - October - May 2021 (dates & venues tba):  Beethoven - The 5 Piano Concertos  (Westchester Chamber Soloists)

       for additional information, see Concerto and RiverArts tabs


RECENT EVENTS (2019/20): 

 - Sun/Wed, March 8 & 11:  Studio Hollywood again hosts the Yonkers Philharmonic's Annual Youth Concerto Competition

 - Sun, March 8:  Beethoven - Choral Fantasia &  Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 19 Westchester Chamber Soloists  (see Concerto tab)

 - Sat, February 29:  Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 2 / Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington DC, Dimitar Nikolov

 - Sat, February 1:  Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 2 / Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Russell Ger  (see Concerto tab)

 - Sun, October 27, 2019:  Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 / Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tong Chen (see Concerto tab)

 - Fri, August 16, 2019:  Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major / International Musicians Academy Festival Orchestra, Ovidiu Marinescu (see Concerto tab)

 - Fri, August 9, 2019:  Scriabin - Piano Concerto / International Musicians Academy Festival Orchestra, Cheung Chau (see Concerto tab)

 - Fri, June 7, 2019:  Ravel - Piano Concerto for Left Hand & Liszt - Totentanz / Newark Symphony Orchestra, Simeone Tartaglione (see Concerto tab)

 - Sat, June 2, 2019:  RiverArts Music Tour 2019 - Duo & Trio Masterpieces for Violin, Cello & Piano (see RiverArts2019Tour tab)

 - Sat, May 4, 2019:  Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Gehring (see Concerto tab)

 - Sat, March 23, 2019:  Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4 / Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Russell Ger (see Concerto tab)


   

Alan Murray has appeared extensively in solo and chamber music recitals and as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras in the US and Europe. He performs under the auspices of Arista International Music Enterprises, based in New York.

     The 2020 season marks his eighth consecutive as concerto soloist, spanning a repertoire of over 50 piano concertos, with recent season appearances featuring acclaimed performances of piano concertos by Bartók (No. 2)Beethoven (No. 4, Choral Fantasia)Brahms (Nos. 1 & 2), Chopin (Nos. 1 & 2)Liszt (Totentanz)Prokofiev (Nos. 2 & 3)Ravel (Left Hand & G major)Rachmaninoff (Nos. 2 & 3, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini), Saint-Saëns (Nos. 2 & 4), Scriabin and Tchaikovsky (No. 1). His current season performances include the recently-initiated complete cycles of Mozart's Piano Concertos (continuing through mid-June) and Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos & Choral Fantasia (the latter begun in March 2020 and continuing in the Fall, in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth) with the Westchester Chamber Soloists (link) chamber orchestra - for which Mr. Murray is founder and Executive & Artistic Director. An active and dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Murray's recent season performances have featured Beethoven's and Brahms' complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano and for Cello & Piano as well as duo and trio masterpieces by Arensky, Debussy, Franck, Grieg, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and others. (Visit the Chamber Music and RiverArts Music Tour tabs for complete recording links, programs, and notes).

  

In prior seasons, Mr. Murray presented the Masters Series and Sunrise Series Concerts in the New York area, over 100 solo recital programs in total, comprising multiple performances of the cycles of piano music of ChopinSchumannDebussyRavel and J.S. Bach, as well as Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas and Diabelli Variations and major works of SchubertBrahmsLiszt, Albéniz (Iberia), Granados (Goyescas), RachmaninoffProkofiev and StravinskyMr. Murray also conceived and initiated Collectanea, a series of multi-media performances in collaboration with non-for-profit RiverArts.org and other distinguished artists, combining art/poetry/dance-inspired classical piano masterpieces with simultaneous on-stage illuminated displays of still art, live modern dance and poetry readings; the initial program comprised Bach-Busoni's Chaconne, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, Liszt's Vallée d'Obermann, and Granados' Goyescas. His current solo piano initiatives are focused on the major works of Scriabin, Prokofiev, Scarlatti, Brahms and several American and Eastern European composers. (Visit the Solo Performances and related tabs for Mr. Murray's solo recital series programs, notes and composer biographical information.)

 

A career professional in finance and risk management, prior to 2020 Mr. Murray was a long-term member of the Global Financial Institutions Group management team at leading credit ratings and research firm Moody’s Investors Service in New York, where he oversaw operations in the Latin America region and managed international client portfolios across the Americas, Bermuda, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions, prior to which he was a member of the corporate actuarial team at worldwide insurer American International Group. He resides in Westchester County, New York with his wife Amada, daughter Celia, and cavalier King Charles spaniel Lizzy, where they also own and operate a specialty bookstore, Galápagos Books.  In addition to being founder and executive/artistic director of the Westchester Chamber Soloists orchestra, he is on the Board of Directors of the Fine Arts Orchestra Society, parent organization of the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra.  Mr. Murray began his musical studies in the New York area with Frances Wazeter and Allen Weiss, and his long-time performance coach is Robert Preston, distinguished concert pianist, professional artistic photographer and chamber music collaborator with the very finest of his generation. Mr. Murray holds diplomas in concerto and chamber music performance from the International Musicians Academy in Europe and an academic degree in theoretical physics/cosmology and languages from Cornell University, where he also received a special University Award for distinguished piano soloist.

    


   

Studio Hollywood, based in the Rivertowns area of lower Westchester County, named for the street on which it's located, and just a 15-minute drive or short scenic train ride from Manhattan, is a modern multi-purpose performance, rehearsal and recording space. Set in idyllic natural surroundings with ample natural lighting, the studio features magnificent and carefully maintained vintage Steinway D (concert grand) rosewood and Steinway B flame-mahogany pianos, as well as 850 sq ft (37'x23') of sound-insulated and illuminated studio space with high ceilings, beautiful natural hardwood flooring and trim, and comfortable seating for up to 50 guests, or approximately 30 musicians.
 
The studio opens up to the surrounding stone-terraced gardens, fish pond and gazebo, and is wheelchair-accessibile from the street. Since inception in 2010, Studio Hollywood has hosted over 100 musical and multi-media events and is available on a privately-negotiated basis for use by visiting artists and performers. Additional detail on the studio facilities, including seating capacity and charts, is available here on The Studio tab.