Simon Murphy – Founding Director and Conductor of The New Dutch Academy

Educated by the leading lights of the Dutch early music movement, the young Australian/Dutch conductor and viola player Simon Murphy (Sydney, 1973) gained his initial experience performing in the leading Dutch and European period instrument ensembles such as the Orchestra of the 18th Century, and was also the Viola player of The Amsterdam String Quartet, before going on to establish his own internationally operating orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), which has subsequently succeeded to attract awards and much praise from both the media and musical establishment for its fresh and vibrant approach to early music repertoire, performance and presentation.

Murphy is known for his energetic and infectiously enthusiastic approach to music making, as well as for his multidisciplinary projects and programmes, giving new insights into the music, arts and culture of the 18th century. As a researcher, programmer and conductor, he has done much in reviving and promoting previously ignored symphonic music, especially from the mid 18th century musical centres of Mannheim and the Netherlands, championing this repertoire through creating and conducting special programmes in performances and broadcasts in the Netherlands and, internationally, at the major European festivals. Murphy has also been recently successful in completing the reconstruction of Bach’s own cello – known as the Violoncello Piccolo or Viola Pomposa – an instrument upon which he also regularly performs as a soloist.

Murphy obtained his undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, Musicology and Performance at the University of Sydney, before moving to the Netherlands where he studied and worked with the likes of Alda Stuurop, Gustav Leonhardt and Frans Brüggen.

As a conductor and chamber soloist, Murphy has performed across Europe, America, Asia and Australia. His work is documented on more than 50 CDs. He regularly co-operates with European radio and television for live concert broadcasts and documentaries, working with, amongst others, AVRO, NPS, RNW, Hessischer Rundfunk, MDR, Radio Deutschland and RAI as well as with the EBU for world-wide live simulcasts. Murphy has directed concert performances at the major concert halls at home in the Netherlands (including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, De Doelen Rotterdam and Vredenburg Utrecht), and, internationally, at the major European music festivals, including at the Festivals of Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Brussels, Gent, Brühl, Halle, Weimar, Potsdam and Rome.

Recent conducting concert highlights have included performances of Handel’s Water Music at the Händel Festspiele in the composer’s birth city of Halle, concerts of symphonies by Haydn and his Dutch contemporaries at the UNESCO world heritage site Schloss Brühl, performances of Corelli Concerti Grossi in the Bernini hall in the presidential Palazzo Quirinale in Rome, performances of Mozart Symphonies as part of the Holland Festival of Early Music, and concerts of symphonies of Beethoven and Wranitzky with live broadcasts from De Doelen Rotterdam on European Radio.

In his home city of The Hague, highlights have included directing world premiere performances and recordings of recently rediscovered symphonies from the 18th century court of orange, including the symphonies of Zappa. In the coming season, Murphy’s conducting duties in The Hague include performances and broadcasts of overtures and symphonic music by Mozart, Dittersdorf, Cimarosa and the Bach sons.

Murphy is also active as a chamber musician. He has appeared at the major festivals in programmes of works by the 18th century Dutch and European masters. Upcoming performances include recitals at the Lepizig Bachfest in 2010.

Murphy regularly works together with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs representing the Netherlands and Dutch Cultural Heritage internationally. In this role of cultural ambassador, he has conducted the opening concerts for Dutch Music Month in Sydney (2006) and Dutch Music Week in Brussels (2004), and for other major representational events such as the official opening concert for the State Visit of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix to Italy, broadcast live on international radio and TV. He has been regularly interviewed on radio about his research and performance work, and particularly on the 18th century Dutch music scene and its international character and connections.

Murphy has been awarded industry prizes for his performing and recording work, including the Edison for his and the NDA’s first recording of early Mannheim symphonies. Murphy is responsible for putting the important but forgotten 18th century German/Dutch composer and musical figure Joseph Schmitt (1734 – 1791) – known as “The Dutch Haydn” – back on the musical map through an intense research project followed by a series of world premiere recordings and broadcasts of the composer’s orchestral and chamber works. Murphy’s latest CD is the first to document the symphonic music of the 18th century Court of Orange in The Hague and includes world premiere recordings of the recently rediscovered symphonic music of Francesco Zappa, solo cellist and composer at the court.

Alongside his conducting work, Simon Murphy is a committed educator. He has been a guest baroque violin/viola teacher at many leading institutions and has presented masterclasses, workshops, scholarly lectures and lecture-recitals throughout Europe, Asia, Russia, Scandinavia, U.S.A. and Canada. Recent highlights have included concert-performances, lecture-recitals and workshops for the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague, the Glinka Conservatorium, Sydney Conservatorium and the G.F. Händel Conservatorium in Halle, for the University of New South Wales, Webster University and the University of New England, and at the Getty Centre in Los Angeles where he gave concert-performances and a lecture-recital about the music scene in 18th century Holland at the invitation of the U.C.L.A. and the Getty Research Institute.

 

Simon Murphy - Director artístico y musical de New Dutch Academy.

Educado por la corriente de música antigua en Holanda, que ha servido de inspiración a multitud de músicos, el joven violista y director de origen australiano Simon Murphy obtuvo sus primeras experiencias en este campo interpretando con prestigiosas orquestas holandesas y europeas especializadas en instrumentos de época, entre ellas la Orquesta del Siglo XVIII. También fue el violista del Amsterdam String Quartet antes de fundar su propia orquesta especializada, The New Dutch Academy (Nueva Academia Holandesa, NDA) en 2002.

Bajo la dirección de Murphy, la NDA ha ganado premios y numerosos elogios por parte de la prensa y fundaciones musicales, por su acercamiento fresco y vibrante al repertorio, interpretación y presentación de la música antigua.

Murphy (Sydney, 1973) obtuvo su título universitario en Bellas Artes, Musicología e Interpretación en la Universidad de Sydney, antes de trasladarse a Holanda, donde estudió y trabajó con Alda Stuurop, Gustav Leonhardt y Frans Brüggen. Como director y solista de cámara, Murphy ha interpretado a lo largo de Europa, América, Asia y Australia. A lo largo de su carrera ha grabado más de 50 discos.

Murphy es conocido tanto por su entusiasta y energético acercamiento a la música como por sus proyectos multidisciplinarios que tienen como objetivo proporcionar una nueva apreciación hacia la música, arte y cultura del siglo XVIII. Simon Murphy ha hecho mucho por revivir la infravalorada e ignorada música sinfónica, especialmente de los epicentros musicales que fueron Mannheim y los Países Bajos en el siglo XVIII, y actualmente ha tenido éxito en completar una reconstrucción del “violoncello de Bach”, conocido como Cello Piccolo o Viola Pomposa, un instrumento con el que Murphy da recitales con regularidad.

Simon Murphy coopera habitualmente con la radio y televisión europeas para conciertos emitidos en directo y documentales, trabajando con, entre otros, AVRO, NPS, RNW, Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Deutschland y RAI, también con la EBU para la emisión simultánea mundial de los eventos. Simon Murphy ha dirigido conciertos en las salas más importantes en su país de adopción, Holanda, incluyendo la Concergebouw de Ámsterdam, De Doelen en Rotterdam y el Vredenburg en Utrecht, y ha actuado en prestigiosos festivales de música europeos, incluyendo los de Ámsterdam, Utrecht, La Haya, Bruselas, Gante, Brühl, Halle, Weimar, Bad Arolsen, Potsdam y Roma.

Trabaja regularmente junto con el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de Holanda, representando a este país y el Patrimonio Cultural Holandés a nivel internacional, y en su papel ha dirigido los conciertos de apertura del reciente “Mes de la Música Holandesa” de Sidney y la “Semana de la Música Holandesa” de Bruselas, y el concierto de inauguración de la Visita de Estado de Su Majestad la Reina Beatriz a Italia, en el palacio presidencial de Roma, el Palazzo Quirinale, evento que fue retransmitido en directo por radio y televisión.

Así mismo y junto con su faceta de director, Simon Murphy es un educador entregado a su trabajo. Ha impartido clases magistrales, talleres, conferencias escolares y conferencias-recitales en giras por Europa, Asia, Rusia, Escandinavia y más recientemente los EE.UU., donde fue invitado por la U.C.L.A. (Universidad de Los Ángeles, California) y el Getty Research Institute (Instituto Getty de Investigación) para dar una conferencia y concierto en el Getty Centre de Los Ángeles.