Conductor and Musical Pioneer
..one of the most exciting and original artists of his generation…
Murphy’s pioneering musicianship has resulted in many landmark world premiere performances, and an approach to the Western Classical tradition that bristles with excitement, imagination and creativity. (For a quick tour of David’s work see press kit intro).
World Premieres include Symphony created with Pandit Ravi Shankar. This was first performed at the Royal Festival Hall in 2010 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the bestselling CD issued on the LPO live label in 2012, both to tremendous critical acclaim.
Ravi Shankar and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden are integral to his latest operatic project: with Anoushka Shankar and librettist Amit Chaudhuri he has recently completed Ravi Shankar’s new opera Sukanya . David conducted the World Premiere Tour of this ground-breaking work in May 2017 in a joint production with the Royal Opera House and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
David’s work takes him to the world’s finest orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta. One moment he’s across the country on the West Coast of Wales and the next he’s recording in Abbey Road Studios with the London Philharmonic.
The white hot inspiration of creating music in the moment with the greatest musicians of India percolates through to David’s work in the Western Classical arena “every performance created afresh every time.”
Music is demonstrably good for people. At the core of human existence for millennia, it heightens cognition, creativity, expression and empathy.
It can plumb the depths of the deepest human emotions from despair to ecstasy and pose and answer deep intellectual and philosophical questions.
Music is a vital tool for a meaningful life. ~ David Murphy
David’s work leads to some very non-traditional musical journeys but is nourished by his rigorous traditional training, musicological scholarship, and experience. In turn, those exotic musical adventures add a fresh and creative spark to all of his music making.
David sees the Orchestra as a dynamic force for good in society and makes this case passionately to audiences, fellow musicians, philanthropists, corporate sponsors, project participants, politicians and the general public.
He sees music as a tool for a meaningful life and the orchestra as one of the most powerful manifestations of this vital tool. Operating to its maximum potential the orchestra can take all the demonstrable benefits of music to the highest level, benefiting exponentially all who come into contact with it. In short, the orchestra is one of the most valuable institutions humanity has ever created.
I see my role as doing everything in my power to unleash the orchestra’s full potential, both artistically and as a model for a truly creative society, and as being a passionate advocate for the orchestra’s invaluable role. ~ David Murphy