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UPCOMING EVENTS (2019/20 Season):

 - Tue, December 31:  J.S. Bach - Goldberg Variations and Samuel Barber - Piano Sonata recordings to be posted; other recordings to follow

 - Sat, February 1, 2020:  Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 2 / Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Russell Ger / Newburgh, NY / 4:00pm

 - Sat, February 29, 2020:  Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 2 / Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Washington DC, Dimitar Nikolov / 7:30pm 

 - March 2020:  Studio Hollywood is proud to once again host the Yonkers Philharmonic's Annual Youth Concerto Competition

 - Sat, May 2, 2020:  Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) / Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Gehring / Malvern, PA / 7pm

 - Spring 2020 (dates tba):  Dvorak - Piano Concerto / Newark (Del.) Symphony Orchestra, Simeone Tartaglione / Newark, DE / 7pm

       Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3; Choral Fantasy / Westchester Chamber Soloists / New York

 - for other 2020 events: see Concerto or Chamber Music/Recitals and RiverArts tabs


RECENT EVENTS (year-to-date 2019): 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 - Sat, March 23:  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 a 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 with recent season appearances featuring acclaimed performances of piano concertos by Bartók (No. 2), Beethoven (No. 4)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). In the spring of 2020 Mr. Murray completes the performance cycle of Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos & Choral Fantasy in the New York metro area; other upcoming commitments include Prokofiev's 2nd and Saint-Saëns 2nd Piano Concertos in the New York and Washington, DC areas, respectively, followed by Dvorak’s Piano Concerto and Scriabin's Prometheus: The Poem of Fire. In summer 2020 he returns to Europe to perform de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Strauss' Burleske, and in the Fall initiates a two-season traversal of the Mozart's complete Piano Concerto cycle with the Westchester Chamber Soloists, a newly-founded professional New York-based conductorless chamber orchestra, for which Mr. Murray serves as executive director. Many of his concerto engagements thus far have been arranged via not-for-profit US-based Moxart.org and the Europe-based International Musicians Academy. (Visit the Concerto Performances tab for all of Mr. Murray's live performance video/audio recordings and upcoming performance schedule.).  An active and dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Murray returned to the annual RiverArts Music Tour in the lower Hudson Valley in June 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 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 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 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 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, Mr Murray was a long-term member of the Global Financial Institutions Group management team at leading global credit ratings and research firm 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, Latin America 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.  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 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 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.