We are proud to announce that the 2016 Orchestra Toronto Marta Hidy Concerto Competition 2016 Prize has been awarded to percussionist Michael Murphy.

Watch for him at our December 2016 youth concert!

michael-murphy-headshot-12.5Canadian percussionist Michael Murphy is known for his dynamic approach to chamber music and for his commitment to new music. He premiered Larysa Kuzmenko’s Dance Macabre for marimba and tuba in 2015, and in the same year contributed to the creation of two operas, including Isis and Osiris featuring the music of Peter Togni. He also appeared with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra as winner of the Concerto Competition, to standing ovations. As a collaborator, Murphy is involved in multiple contemporary chamber projects and has been a regular guest with the Toronto-based percussion quartet Spectrum. In 2015, he and accordionist Michael Bridge began the Michael Squared Project, a duet established for the purpose of premiering works for accordion and percussion. During the Pan Am Games, Michael joined Greta Hodgkinson and several dancers of the National Ballet of Canada for five performances of Venom, to an audience of over 10,000. On April 22, 2016, Michael will premiere the concerto version of Alice Ping Yee Ho’s Evolving Elements for marimba and strings.  www.murphy-percussion.com

The winner of the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition was decided by a five member panel of judges:

  • Kevin Mallon, the Music Director of Orchestra Toronto
  • Members of TorQ Percussion Ensemble:  Daniel Morphy, Adam Campbell and Jamie Drake.
  • John Dvorak, Orchestra Toronto cellist and son of Marta Hidy

Michael Murphy’s audition video: