Dr. Bruce Murray - Piano; Chair, Department of Music
Office: 108 PRS
Dr. Bruce Murray, chair of the Miami University Department of Music, holds degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and Yale University, where he earned both his M.M. and Ph.D. He came to Miami Univeristy after five years in the position of Dean and Artisitic Administorator of the Bravafrd Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. From the time he left Yale until he moved to Brevard as full-time administrator in 2003 Murray served on the music faculty of the University of Alabama, teaching piano and allied courses. He also served in a variety of administrative roles at Alabama and was Director of the School of Music from 1998 until his Brevard appointment. He initially joined the faculty at Brevard in 1993 as a member of the artist piano faculty, he performs regularly at Brevard and continues to teach each summer, primarily in piano literature and other courses. He is also familiar to Brevard audiences as program annotator, pre-concert lecturer, and podcast presenter.
Murray also maintains an active performing career as a pianist and has presented hundreds of concerts as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. Although he plays a broad swath of the standard repertoire, he is known particularly for his performances of Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt, and for his commitment to new music. He has an extenstive resumé in repertoire and world performance.
In addition to his performance, Murray has written scholarly pieces for books and journals, liner notes for recordings, and more than a hundred book reviews for CHOICE. His recordings of the solo piano music of American composer Frederic Goossen are available on the Opus One label. Two compact discs of chamber music with violist Doris Lederer are available on the Centaur label.