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Kevin Murphy

Professor of Practice (Collaborative Piano); Director, Coaching and Music Administration for IU Opera Theater

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(812) 856-2623
East Studio Building, JS206


Opera Studies


Pianist Kevin Murphy is professor of practice in collaborative piano and director of coaching and music administration for IU Opera Theater at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

In 2011, he was appointed director of the Program for Singers at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and 2013-2014 marked his first season as artistic consultant for the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Previously, he was director of music administration and casting advisor at the New York City Opera and director of musical studies at the Opéra National de Paris. Murphy was the first pianist and vocal coach invited by James Levine into the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera and from 1993 to 2006, was an assistant conductor at the Met. In his capacity as a member of the music staff, he played continuo harpsichord for many productions and toured Japan with the company. Murphy also performed in Carnegie Hall with James Levine and the Met Chamber ensemble and Met Orchestra, and frequently played chamber music with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. 

In addition to his on- and off-stage partnership with soprano, Heidi Grant Murphy, Murphy has collaborated in concert and recital with artists such as Michelle DeYoung, Lawrence Brownlee, Marcelo Alvarez, Iestyn Davies, Bejun Mehta, Gary Lakes, Kathleen Battle, Nathan Gunn, Elina Garanca, Matthew Polenzani, Bryn Terfel, Cecilia Bartoli, Frederica von Stade, Placido Domingo, Paul Groves, Renée Fleming, Gerald Finley, Kiri Te Kanawa,  and Pinchas Zuckerman. He is respected for his work as a private vocal coach and teacher and has taught at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, the International Vocal Arts Institute, Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood and the Juilliard School. He has also assisted Seiji Ozawa in Japan in his Mozart/Da Ponte series, and has been a guest opera coach and and at opera companies such as the Netherlands Opera, Canadian Opera Company and the Ravinia Festival. In addition to playing and teaching, Murphy recently conducted and produced a staged concert performance of Mozart’s, Der Schauspieldirektor at Indiana University and conducted the Schwabacher concerts at San Francisco Opera’s Merola program. He was on the podium for Emmanuel Chabrier’s, L’Etoile last season at Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, with Robin Guarino directing, and this season, conducted Mahler’s, Kindertotenlieder for the Indiana University Ballet Theater. Other chamber music and concert appearances include La Jolla’s Summerfest, Music@Menlo, Vin et Musique Festival, Wigmore Hall, Suntory Hall, Spivey Hall, Edinburgh Festival, Salzburg’s Mozarteum and Carnegie Hall. Mr. Murphy has appeared on The Tonight Show with Gary Lakes, Good Morning America with Cecilia Bartoli and The Today Show with Renée Fleming and has recorded for the EMI, Centaur, Arabesque and Koch labels. He is a frequent adjudicator for competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where he also has served as official accompanist on stage at the Met.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Murphy received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University and his Master of Music in Piano Accompanying from the Curtis Institute of Music. He resides in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife and four children. 

"Kevin Murphy is in the vanguard for Americans who have turned song accompaniment into an art. The pianism was so absorbing, the singer's entry seemed like an intrusion. There can be no finer compliment." -San Francisco Examiner