Heidi Grant Murphy
A shimmering soprano with enchanting stage presence, Heidi Grant Murphy is one of the outstanding vocal talents of her generation. She has appeared with many of the world's finest opera companies and symphony orchestras, notably the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Frankfurt Opera, Netherlands Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Opera National de Paris and Santa Fe Opera. She has been engaged as soloist with the Vienna, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras; and Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Houston, Montreal, National and Dallas Symphonies. Ms. Murphy has worked with such esteemed conductors as Roberto Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Reinbert de Leeuw, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Jeffery Tate, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Christoph Von Dohnanyi, David Zinman, Bernard Haitink, Pinchas Zukerman and the late Robert Shaw.
Heidi Grant Murphy began the 2011-2012 season in Orff's Carmina Burana with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero at the Mann Center, a performance she reprised at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. In late July she visited the Sun Valley Summer Symphony festival for a recital of Debussy, Boulanger, and Chausson with her husband, pianist Kevin Murphy. Orchestral engagements see Ms. Murphy with the San Diego Symphony for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, The Iris Orchestra for Mozart, Copland and Mahler, and with the Atlanta Symphony and Maestro Robert Spano for Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Ms. Murphy will also participate in the 2012 Cincinnati May Festival, singing Carmina Burana, Poulenc's Gloria and Carissimi's Jephte in three separate performances.
Heidi Grant Murphy's latest recording, Lullabies & Nightsongs, based on the children's book illustrated by Maurice Sendak, was released in September 2009 on Koch International. With Maestro Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic, Ms. Murphy appears on a live recording of Mahler IV and a separate recording of Augusta Read Thomas's Gathering Paradise on New World. Other notable recordings of Heidi Grant Murphy include Roberto Sierra's Missa Latina with baritone Nathaniel Webster and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Naxos, Hansel and Gretel (Gretel) with Andreas Delfs and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, an XM Satellite Radio compilation of Sondheim classics, five additional discs for Koch and recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Arabesque and Delos. She can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated Sweeney Todd (Johanna) for the New York Philharmonic's private label.
In August 2011, Heidi Grant Murphy was appointed to the faculty of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music as an adjunct professor of practice. She has been a featured guest on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts and BBC Radio 3. In October 2005, Ms. Murphy received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Western Washington University, where she pursued a bachelor's degree in music performance. Ms. Murphy resides in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband Kevin Murphy and their four children.