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Paul Murphy

Born in Northern Ireland, Paul Murphy, Principal Conductor, studied conducting, viola and singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He joined the Company as Conductor in 1992 and was appointed Principal Conductor in 1997. Since 1994 he has been a regular guest conductor with The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden and since 2005 has been the conductor for the Royal Ballet School Annual Performance. He has also conducted for New York City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Australian Ballet and the National Ballet of Japan, for whom he has conducted the world premieres of David Bintley's Aladdin and, most recently, The Prince of the Pagodas. Away from the theatre, he has guest conducted the New Queen's Hall Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has made numerous recordings for BBC television and radio, and discs for labels such as Naxos, ASV and Opus Arte in addition to the complete music for Cyrano, released on the Carl Davis Collection label.

Last updated October 2013.
Paul Murphy Principal Conductor; photo: Andrew Ross

Paul Murphy Principal Conductor; photo: Andrew Ross

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