DR Ken Murray

DR Ken Murray




  • Dr Ken Murray has developed a singular path as a guitarist combining performance, composition, teaching and research. He has championed and recorded Spanish music from the early twentieth century, worked extensively with contemporary composers and has been active as a performer of Brazilian and South American musical styles. Composition is increasingly becoming a focus and he has written a variety of works for guitar in solo and ensemble settings. As a teacher he has over twenty years of experience at home and overseas. He studied guitar with John Griffiths, Susan Ellis and Michael Christoforidis and holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of Melbourne. After graduation he attended numerous summer schools and performed in lessons and masterclasses with guitarists such as Leo Brouwer (composition and arrangement), Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch. He has a strong commitment to performing contemporary music and has performed in premiere performances of over 100 works. An integral part of his activities has been working with Australian composers. He enjoys ongoing collaborations with composers such as Matthew Hindson, Stuart Greenbaum and Thomas Reiner. Pieces written for him include works for solo guitar, electric guitar and CD, electric guitar and ensemble, guitar and voice, large chamber works and music theatre pieces featuring guitar. He has performed around Australia and has toured to China, Portugal, Spain, England and the Netherlands. Ken performs with fellow MCM staff members Joel Brennan (trumpet) and Don Immel (trombone) in Esnemble Three. This group has commissioned and premiered new works by Katy Abbott, Andrew Ford, Fay Wang, Andrew Batterham and Christian O'Brien and toured to China in 2013 and 2014. During several trips to the Archivo Manuel de Falla in Granada, Spain he studied the music of Manuel de Falla and his contemporaries, culminating in the release of the critically acclaimed CD Homenaje in 20   



Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MMus, University of Melbourne 1993
  • BMus, University of Melbourne 1990


Available for supervision

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