Guy Murgatroyd ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Pianist

Biography

British Pianist Guy Murgatroyd enjoys an international reputation as one of a leading generation of pianists pliable to many musical roles. Having worked with a diverse selection of musicians including Leslie Howard, Janis Kelly and George Vass along with contemporary composers including Rolf Hind, Edward Rushton and Nikolai Kapustin Guy is no stranger to most corners of both the solo and collaborative repertory.

Guy enrolled at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012 on a scholarship where his principle teachers were Victor Sangiorgio and Pascal Nemirowski. During this time he was garlanded with every major award for piano accompaniment as well as academic tributes for the highest BMus degree marks in his class. Further studies as a Postgraduate at the Royal Academy of music in London under Michael Dussek resulted in numerous additional awards for performances as accompanist as well as a Master of Arts with DipRAM.

Guy is in high demand as a teacher at the North London Music School and is also director and founder of the song concert series London Art of Song Collective. Conceived to further the performance of contemporary art song it features over 50 singers who are hand-chosen for each project working in a repertoire of more than 450 composers and 25 languages. The collective also actively seeks new commissions from living composers to continue the legacy of the art song repertoire.


Guy is also a sought-after musical director and is currently working with opera companies Opera Rougue and Opera on the move for their 2019 productions and has also been a regular house pianist on both the Dartington International Summer School and the Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers.

Recent performances as a solo pianist include Sonatas by Scriabin, Kapustin and Beethoven as well as pieces by Haydn, Haydn Rachmaninov, Debussy, Prokofiev and Chick Corea. A major recording project of piano sonatas by Kapustin is planned for 2019. Recent performances with instrumentalists has included programmes of British music for violin and piano, Russian music for cello and piano and several recitals exploring the performance of art song repertoire on Woodwind and String instruments.

Recent performances in London include St Martin-in-the-fields, Italian Cultural Institute Mayfair, Austrian Cultural Forum Knightsbridge, St Stephens Walbrook Bank, St James Sussex Gardens Paddington, St Pancras parish Church, St George the Martyr London Bridge, St Boltoph-without-bishopsgate Aldgate, and The Bunker Theatre Borough. Other recent performances include The Holywell music room Oxford, The Venue Leeds College of Music, Pro Corda Suffolk, Cramphorn Theatre Chelmsford, Hotel Nolinski, Paris, Chapelle des Pénitents noirs, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, France.