Bruce Murray joined the artist faculty of the Brevard Music Center in 1993. In 2003 he assumed a full-time, year-round role at Brevard as Dean and Artistic Administrator.
Murray 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 given dozens of premieres, including works by Robert Beaser and Robert Aldridge. He has played Bach's Goldberg Variations on three continents. His repertoire of concertos numbers nearly forty works, and he has performed with conductors Keith Lockhart, Shinik Hahm, David Effron, Louis Lane, Anshel Brusilow, and Paul Polivnick. He has played chamber music and recitals with many important musicians of our time, including Roberto Diaz, William Preucil, Carol Wincenc, Elmar Oliveira, Ransom Wilson, Andres Cardenes, Andres Diaz, Frederica von Stade, Eliot Fisk, the Audubon Quartet, and Miles Hoffman. During a twenty-year tenure with the renowned Cadek Trio, Murray performed virtually the entire repertoire of music for piano, violin, and cello.
From the time he left Yale until he moved to Brevard, Murray served on the faculty of the University of Alabama. He taught piano and allied courses, and many of his former students are busy as performers and college teachers. He also served in a variety of administrative roles and was Director of the School of Music from 1998 until 2003.
Murray received a BFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's degree and doctorate from Yale. His teachers have included Ward Davenny, Claude Frank, Aube Tzerko, Leonard Shure, and Nelson Whitaker. At Yale he studied counterpoint with Jacob Druckman and theory with Allen Forte. He 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.
Murray performs regularly at the Brevard Music Center and continues to teach each summer, primarily in piano literature and other courses. He is also familiar to Brevard audiences as program annotator and frequent pre-concert lecturer.