Violist Dimitri Murrath began his musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School studying with Natalia Boyarsky, and went on to work in London with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated with an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in 2008, as a student of Kim Kashkashian.
Murrath has made his mark as a viola soloist on the international scene, regularly giving solo performance in prestigious venues including NEC's Jordan Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall in London, the National Auditorium in Madrid, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
With repertoire extending from Bach to contemporary music by Ligeti, Kurtag and Sciarrino, Murrath is particularly keen on performing new works. He has taken part in the Park Lane Group New Year Series in London to great critical acclaim, as well as commissioned, given the world premieres, and recorded several solo works by Edwin Roxburgh and Michel Lysight.
An avid chamber musician, Murrath has collaborated with violinist Gidon Kremer, whom invited him to his festival in Lockenhaus, Austria and to Kronberg Academy's 'Chamber Music Connects the World' project. Other artists with whom Murrath has worked with include many members of the NEC faculty including Miriam Fried, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, and Kim Kashkashian, as well as Menahem Pressler, David Soyer, Radovan Vlatkovic, and Peter Wiley.
Festivals include IMS Prussia Cove (UK), Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists (Chicago), Verbier Festival Academy, Gstaad Festival (Switzerland), Caramoor Rising Stars (New York), Great Lakes Festival (Michigan) and Marlboro Music Festival (Vermont).
A first prize winner at the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition, Murrath has won numerous awards, including second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition 2009, the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition, Verbier Festival Academy's Viola Prize, New England Conservatory's Presidential Scholar Award, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation.
A.D., New England Conservatory. Studies with Kim Kashkashian, Natalia Boyarsky, and David Takeno.
photo by Susan Wilson