Although Michael had tried out piano at the age of five, he only decided on taking up serious study of the instrument at the age of fifteen. Three years later in 1997, he was the selected pianist amongst high schools throughout Sydney to perform solo at the Sydney Opera House. He has also received awards in various competitions, most recent being Highly Commended in the 2012 KAWAI Open (Sydney Eisteddfod).
After a seven year career in banking and finance, Michael decided on returning to study, and undertook his Masters of Music in classical performance at the Australian Institute of Music in 2015. He has also been awarded the L.Mus.A in piano from the AMEB.
Michael was one of three invited to adjudicate in the final round of the 2016 ACASEA Sydney International Piano Competition. The other two adjudicators were Dr. Kirill Monorossi (Lecturer in piano at the Sydney Conservatorium), and Carl Schmidtt. His former student, Jerry Lin, after learning piano for just four years, received the second place prize, being the youngest competitor (15yo) in the event.
Michael is committed to providing high quality tuition that achieves results. He believes that with effort, everyone can learn to play the piano to an intermediate or advanced level.
Live recording of Michael Murray
Listen to Michael's live performance of Vladimir Horowitz' arrangement of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 below:
Third from left to right:
Michael Murray, Dr Kirill Monorosi & Carl Schmidt adjudicating the 2016 Sydney International Music Festival Piano Competition
Jerry Lin wins second prize in the 2016 Sydney International Music Festival Piano Competition.
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