Pianist Murray Celebrates Bicentennial of Schumann’s Birth

Guest pianist Dr. David Murray will present a recital Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The program will focus on the "Piano Music of Robert Schumann(1810-1856)," an all-Schumann program to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth. The public is invited to attend the free performance.

Murray, who serves as assistant professor and chair of the piano area of Georgia Southern University, has become a highly sought after solo and collaborative performer. His work as a solo artist has included both solo recitals and concerto performances, including a highly praised performance of George Gershwin's "Concerto in F" and the world premiere of Richard Wall's "Four Short Studies for Piano."

Murray received a bachelor of music degree from Southwest Baptist University in 1993 and a master of music degree from the University of Kentucky in 1995. In 2002 he received a doctorate in musical arts from Arizona State University where he studied with Robert Hamilton before continuing his training with Stewart Gordon in Los Angeles.

In June 2003, Murray released his first collaborative recording, "Blue: The Complete Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein,"described as "exemplary" by BBC Music Magazine and "effortlessly musical" by the Arizona Republic.

In 2005 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, a performance, described as "first-rate" and "perfect" by the New York Concert Review. A second recording, Murray's arrangement for voice and piano of Elvis Costello's song cycle, "The Juliet Letters," was released in 2006.

Murray has served on the faculties of The University of Kentucky, and Arizona State University and Mesa Community College.