Tai Murray, Violinist

Hee-Kyung Juhn, Piano

October 19, 2020

Beethoven – Sonata for violin & piano, No. 5, Op. 24 “Spring”
Sonata for violin & piano, No. 9, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”
Jeffrey Scott – “Transparência” (2015)
Ian Wilson – “Spilliaert’s Beach” (1999)

“Technically flawless… vivacious and scintillating… It is without doubt that Murray’s style of playing is more mature than that of many seasoned players…” Muso Magazine

Described as “superb” by The New York Times, violinist Tai Murray has established herself a musical voice of a generation. Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her personal phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence. Her sound, sophisticated bowing and choice of vibrato, remind us of her musical background and influences, principally, Yuval Yaron (a student of Gingold & Heifetz) and Franco Gulli.

Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Tai Murray was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 through 2010). As a chamber musician, she was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II (2004-2006).

She has performed as guest soloist on the main stages world-wide, performing with leading ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Symphony Orchestra, and all of the BBC Symphony Orchestras. She is also a dedicated advocate of contemporary works (written for the violin). Among others, she performed the world premiere of Malcolm Hayes’ violin concerto at the BBC PROMS, in the Royal Albert Hall.

Tai Murray’s critically acclaimed debut recording for harmonia mundi of Ysaye’s six sonatas for solo violin was released in 2012. Her second recording with works by American Composers of the 20th Century was released by the Berlin-based label eaSonus and her third disc with the Bernstein Serenade on the French label mirare.

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Pianist Hee-Kyung Juhn has performed in major recital halls in Korea, and a number of concerts in Italy, Belgium, and Japan. She is currently on faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara, where she has been serving since 2001. In the summer of 2002, she served as associate faculty in the Collaborative Piano department at the Music Academy of the West.

Hee-Kyung’s diverse experience as a pianist has previously led her to serve as part-time staff accompanist at The Juilliard School and DePauw University, Associate Instructor of Piano, Assistant Opera Coach, and faculty for the Young Piano Program at Indiana University. Her professional activites as collaborative pianist started as a teenager-repetiteur for a national opera company, Centro Lirico del Paraguay, during her residence in South America, where she actively performed as a young pianist. She is invited back to perform there this coming season as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Ciudad Asuncion.

Hee-Kyung Juhn holds degrees from Indiana University (Doctor of Music) and The Juilliard School (Master of Music). Her major teacher was the late Leonard Hokanson from Indiana University, renowned solo and collaborative pianist. Other teachers include Martin Katz, Arthur Greene, Jonathan Feldman, and Martin Canin.

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