Violinist Kevin Murphy received his Master of Music degree from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music as a scholarship student of Kathleen Winkler. He attended the UNC School of the Arts in both the high school and undergraduate programs, studying with Ida Bieler, Janet Orenstein, and Kevin Lawrence.
Kevin made his debut with the Winston-Salem Symphony at age 16, and soloed with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the 2015 Concerto Competition. He has appeared numerous times as concertmaster and principal second violin in the UNCSA Symphony and Nutcracker Orchestras, and participated in the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra tour to Carnegie Hall in 2016. In 2013, Kevin spent a semester at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf in Germany, where he honed his German language skills and completed an independent study about Robert Schumann.
His other projects include “Chaconne” by choreographer Brenda Daniels, a collaboration with the UNCSA School of Dance involving eight performances of the Bach Chaconne with dancers. Kevin attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2015 and 2016 with a full scholarship from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute, where he studied with Naoko Tanaka of the Juilliard School. This past summer he joined the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra for a tour of northern Germany, collaborating with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach and Manfred Honeck.
Kevin cherishes the time he gets to spend with his students at Vivaldi Music Academy, and he is thrilled at the chance to impart his skill and experience to the next generation of musicians.