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

     The 2019 season marks his seventh consecutive as concerto soloist and his recent season appearances have featured acclaimed performances of piano concertos by Bartók (No. 2), Brahms (Nos. 1 & 2), Chopin (Nos. 1 & 2), Prokofiev (Nos. 2 & 3), Rachmaninoff (Nos. 2 & 3), Saint-Saëns (Nos. 2 & 4) and Tchaikovsky (No. 1)Mr. Murray's 2019 concerto commitments with orchestras include Beethoven's 4th and Bartok's 1st Piano Concertos, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Liszt’s Totentanz, and both of Ravel's Piano Concertos. (Visit the Concerto Performances tab for all of Mr. Murray's live performance video/audio recordings.)  And in 2020 he returns to the stage for performances of Prokofiev's 3rd  and Saint-Saëns 2nd Piano Concertos. His European concerto engagements have been organized under the sponsorship of the International Musicians Academy (Ovidiu Marinescu, Executive Director) and his US engagements mostly under Moxart.org. An active chamber musician, Mr. Murray's 2018 season appearances also included a Beethoven Series comprising the composer's complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano and Sonatas for Cello & Piano, and ‘Archduke’ Trio as part of the annual RiverArts Music Tour in the lower Hudson Valley, and he returns in June 2019 to lead another series comprising 16 masterpieces for violin, cello and piano. (Visit the RiverArts 2018/2019 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 recital programs in total, comprising multiple performances of the cycles of solo piano music of Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and J.S. Bach, as well as Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas and Diabelli Variations and major works of Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Albéniz (Iberia), Granados (Goyescas), Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Mr. Murray also conceived and initiated Collectanea, a series of multi-media performances in collaboration with RiverArts.org and other distinguished Rivertowns visual and dance 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 comprising Bach-Busoni's Chaconne, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, Liszt's Vallée d'Obermann, and Granados' Goyescas. (Visit the Masters Series, Sunrise Series, and Programs & Notes tabs for Mr. Murray's solo recital series programs, notes and composer biographical information.)

 

A member of the Financial Institutions Group management team at Moody’s Investors Service in New York, Mr. Murray oversees portfolios and quantitative analytics in the Insurance sector, and long managed the firm's operations in the Latin America region, previously also holding lead portfolio responsibilities in Bermuda, Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. 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.  Mr. Murray's began his musical studies with Frances Wazeter and Allen Weiss, and his long-time performance coach is Robert Preston, concert pianist, photographer and chamber music collaborator with the finest of his generation (www.robertpreston.com). Mr. Murray holds a degree in theoretical physics 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 space, available for private use including recordings and performances. Surrounded by an idyllic natural setting 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 studio space with high ceilings, beautiful natural hardwood flooring and trim, and comfortable seating for up to 50 guests.
 
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 80 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.