He began his violin studies outside Minneapolis at the age of 6 through an innovative school music program. After moving to Fresno, California, he soon earned acclaim as soloist with the Kings Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a recipient of the Fresno Arts Council Horizon Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. Mr. Murphy continued his studies at the Eastm an School of Music and Kent State University. His principal teachers included Charles Cast leman, Gregory Fulkerson, Camilla Wicks, and Claudia Shiuh. He is also a proud alumnus of Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program.
Mr. Murphy is currently on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend, where he teaches violin and chamber music. Commercial record ings featuring his playing are available on Centaur Records and Artek Recordings. But he has also been involved on the other side of the microphone, using his knowledge of audio technology to record, edit, and master numerous recordings for the Euclid Quartet. He performs on a 2011 violin made by Greg Alf.