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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 in both the US and Europe. 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 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini), Saint-Saëns (Nos. 2 & 4) and Tchaikovsky (No. 1)Mr. Murray's 2019 concerto commitments with orchestras include recent performances of Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Liszt’s Totentanz and Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand, and upcoming appearances include Scriabin's and Ravel's (G major) Piano Concertos. followed by Prokofiev's 3rd and Saint-Saëns 2nd Piano Concertos in the New York and Washington, DC areas. His current 2020 concerto committments include Bartók's 1st and Beethoven's 3rd & 5th ("Emperor") Piano Concertos, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Scriabin's Prometheus: The Poem of Fire, de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Strauss' Burleske(Visit the Concerto Performances tab for all of Mr. Murray's live performance video/audio recordings and performance schedule.) An active and dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Murray returned to the annual RiverArts Music Tour in the lower Hudson Valley on June 1 for a series comprising 16 Duo & Trio Masterpieces for violin, cello and piano, and his 2018 Music Tour appearances featured a Beethoven Series comprising the composer's complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano and Sonatas for Cello & Piano, and ‘Archduke’ Trio (Visit the RiverArts 2018/2019/2020 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 ChopinSchumannDebussyRavel and J.S. Bach, as well as Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas and Diabelli Variations and major works of SchubertBrahmsLisztAlbéniz (Iberia)Granados (Goyescas), RachmaninoffProkofiev and Stravinsky. Mr. Murray also conceived and initiated Collectanea, a series of multi-media performances in collaboration with 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(Visit the Masters Series, Sunrise Series, and Programs & Notes tabs for Mr. Murray's solo recital series programs, notes and composer biographical information.)

 

A career professional in finance, Mr Murray was a long-term member of the Global Financial Institutions Group management team at Moody’s Investors Service in New York, where he oversaw operations in the Latin America region and managed client portfolios in the US, Bermuda, Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions, prior to which he was a member of the corporate actuarial team at 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.  Mr. Murray began his musical studies 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 (www.robertpreston.com). Mr. Murray holds a diploma from the European International Musicians Academy and an undergraduate 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.