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Violinist Tai Murray joins Yale School of Music faculty

Tai Murray

Tai Murray. Photo by Gaby Merz

The Yale School of Music is excited to welcome violinist Tai Murray to its distinguished faculty. Ms. Murray will serve as full-time assistant professor, adjunct, of violin, teaching applied violin and coaching chamber music at YSM. In an email to the School of Music community, YSM Dean Robert Blocker described Murray as “a violinist of international acclaim” and said, “Like many of our performance faculty, she will remain active as a concert artist both in the United States and abroad.”

Ms. Murray has appeared in recital and with such major ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, among others, on stages around the world. A 2004 winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Murray has been named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has been a member of Chamber Music Society II at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro and appeared at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Ms. Murray as “a violinist with more than technique on her mind” and an artist of “exceptional assurance and style.”

Dedicated to showcasing new music for the violin, particularly works by composers of color, Ms. Murray, writing in The Strad, has said, “Celebrating the music of today is hugely important, and making heard contemporary composers of every visual colour and every invisible one, on every concert programme, I consider a responsibility.” Ms. Murray was a 2012 recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, which the Sphinx Organization bestows on “extraordinary classical Black and Latinx musicians.”

A recipient of artist diplomas from Indiana University and The Juilliard School, Ms. Murray’s recordings to date include an album of Ysaÿe sonatas (Harmonia Mundi, 2014), 20th Century: The American Scene (eaSonus, 2014), and a recording of Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium), which was released in 2014 on the Mirare label.

The School of Music community welcomes Ms. Murray to Yale.