The American pianist and music pedagogue, Bruce Murray, received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music in music from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Nelson Whitaker. He received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University, where he studied with Ward Davenny and Claude Frank. He undertook further private study with Aube Tzerko and Leonard Shure.
Bruce Murray is an active recitalist, known especially for his performances of J.S. Bach, L.v. Beethoven, Franz Liszt, and new music. He has performed Bach's Goldberg Variations () some fifty times on three continents. Murray's repertoire of concertos includes more than forty works for piano and orchestra. The list of conductors with whom he has performed includes Keith Lockhart, Matthias Bamert, Shinik Hahm, David Effron, Louis Lane, Anshel Brusilow, and Paul Polivnick.
Bruce Murray has played chamber music and recitals with many important musicians of our time, including Frederica von Stade, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, Ransom Wilson, Michael Thompson, Carol Wincenc, Andres Cardenes, Marianne Gedigian, Gail Williams, Øystein Baadsvik, Andres Diaz, Jeffrey Nelsen, the Audubon Quartet, and Miles Hoffman. Murray and violinist William Preucil presented recital series at the Brevard Music Center that included all of the violin/piano sonatas of L.v. Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. During his twenty-year tenure with the renowned Cadek Trio, Murray performed virtually the entire repertoire of music for piano, violin, and cello.
Bruce Murray was a faculty member at the University of Alabama and Director of the School of Music from 1998 until 2003. He is currently Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at Miami University. From 2003 until 2012 he was Dean and Artistic Administrator of the Brevard Music Center.
Bruce Murray has been an active lecturer, podcaster, and annotator for concert programs and albums. To date he has contributed more than one hundred music book reviews to Choice. He has recorded for the Opus One and Centaur labels; his list of premieres includes works by Robert Beaser and Robert Livingston Aldridge, among many others. He provided both music and commentary for the Radio Chopin project, and he has performed live in the studios of WGBH in Boston, WQED in Pittsburgh, WDAV in Charlotte, and WCQS in Asheville.
Bruce Murray is a Steinway Artist.