Pianist Kevin Murphy is director of coaching and
music administration for Indiana University Opera Theater and a professor at Indiana
University's Jacobs School of Music. In 2011, he was appointed director of the program for
singers at Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute. The 2013-2014 season marked his first
as artistic consultant for the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Previously, Mr. Murphy was
director of music administration and casting advisor at New York City Opera and director of
musical studies at the Opéra national de Paris. Mr. Murphy was the first pianist and vocal
coach invited by Maestro James Levine into the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist
Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and he was an assistant conductor at the Met
from 1993 to 2006.
In addition to his on- and off-stage partnership
with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, Mr. Murphy has collaborated in concert and recital with
artists such as Michelle DeYoung, Lawrence Brownlee, Iestyn Davies, Bejun Mehta, Gary
Lakes, Kathleen Battle, Nathan Gunn, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, Cecilia Bartoli,
Frederica von Stade, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, Renée Fleming, Gerald Finley, Kiri Te
Kanawa, and Pinchas Zukerman. He is respected for his work as a private vocal
coach and teacher at San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program, the International Vocal
Arts Institute, Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood, and The Juilliard School.
Last season, Mr. Murphy was on the podium for
Emmanuel Chabrier's L'étoile at University of Cincinnati's
College-Conservatory of Music with director Robin Guarino. This year, he conducted Mahler's
Kindertotenlieder for the Indiana University Ballet Theater. Mr. Murphy has also
made chamber music and concert appearances at La Jolla SummerFest, Music@Menlo, Festival
Musique et Vin, Wigmore Hall, Suntory Hall, Spivey Hall, the Edinburgh International
Festival, and Mozarteum University of Salzburg.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Kevin Murphy
received his bachelor of music in piano performance from Indiana University and his master
of music in piano accompanying from the Curtis Institute of Music.