David Murray was appointed as the Second Trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014, after having served the NSO as an acting member from 2012-2014. Prior to this, he was a freelance musician performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, San Antonio, and San Diego Symphonies, the Louisiana and Malaysian Philharmonics, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the IRIS Orchestra, among others. In addition to the NSO, Murray is a member of the Festival Orchestra at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. He has also participated in the Schleswig-Holstein, Spoleto USA, and Chautauqua Festivals.
As an educator, Murray is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and is a yearly teacher for the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. He has given additional masterclasses, teaching, and/or coaching at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Merit School of Music, Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program, and Curtis Institute Summerfest.
Murray made his solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and has also been soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Columbia Orchestra, Capitol Wind Symphony, Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Murray was also a soloist with the Eastman Trombone Choir at American Trombone Workshop.
Murray began his early musical studies on the piano at age five, adding trombone at age nine. He later continued training at the Peabody Preparatory on both instruments. Selected to participate in Peabody’s Arts for Talented Youth Program, he received intensive education in theory, orchestra, chamber music, and collaborative arts. Murray holds a Bachelor of Music (High Distinction and Performer’s Certificate) from the Eastman School of Music, and a Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. His primary teachers were Blair Bollinger, John Marcellus, Ralph Sauer, and Christopher Dudley.
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