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Emma Murphy, recorders, graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First Class (Hons) degree in Music and then won a scholarship to Trinity College of Music to take a University of London MMus degree and a Postgraduate Certificate, for which she was awarded a Distinction. Her teachers have included Philip Thorby and Ashley Solomon. Emma has won numerous awards including Grants from the Arts Foundation and the Foundation for Sport & the Arts and a Countess of Munster Award.

Emma has played throughout the world with some of the UK’s leading period groups, such as The King’s Consort, Ex Cathedra, New London Consort, and she plays in many chamber groups in London, most recently at the Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall with Da Camera, as well as in Japan, where she tours annually. Emma was recently an orchestral soloist with the CBSO under the direction of the brilliant French harpsichordist/director Emmanuelle Haim.

Emma has recorded on the Hyperion label with The King’s Consort, Ex Cathedra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and she has appeared numerous times on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme and made live BBC recordings, such as from the Proms and the Southbank in London.

Emma has performed twice, her solo performance to great acclaim, in the Park Lane Group’s New Year Series of contemporary music on the Southbank. She plays in a duo with the marimba player, Daniella Ganeva, specializing in contemporary & renaissance music. Emma recently took part in a recording with the pop singer, Kate Bush, for her latest album! Emma returns to her old college, Trinity College of Music, in October to give a performance of solo contemporary music as part of the college’s tutor’s showcase.

“Emma Murphy is a superb recorder player. She combines outstanding virtuosity with musical intelligence and sensitivity (not always an obvious combination) and has a solid control of tone (with no cadential dropping). She also has an endearingly cheerful stage manner that engages the audience.” EARLY MUSIC REVIEW

“Emma’s Suite in d minor by Bach showed great style and flair, achieved by clear articulation and neat fingerwork.” RECORDER MAGAZINE

“I was impressed by the superb control of recorder intonation in Emma Murphy’s delightfully-musical playing of Robert Carr’s Divisions on an Italian Ground.”
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“…revealed Emma Murphy to be a brilliant performer. Playing two recorders at once with virtuosic ease, she caught the wit in such pieces as David Bedford’s Piers de Resistance and Louis Andriessen’s Ende.” THE TIMES

“Emma Murphy played both two recorders at once and two notes from one recorder in a truly virtuosic display.” EVENING STANDARD

“One of them, Emma Murphy, is a true virtuoso. I once saw her play two recorders at once and two notes from one recorder. Amazing!” HOT TICKETS

 


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