Career Highlights

1973 – 1985 Born in Balmain, Sydney, Australia, into a musical an artistic family, commences violin studies in Melbourne at age 4, continues violin studies in Sydney with Joy Lee, changes to viola at age 11, receives music scholarship to study at Scots College

1986 – 1991 Commences viola studies with Leonid Volovelsky achieving A.Mus. diploma at 16 and L.Mus. and L.T.C.L. diplomas at 17, gains experience playing in the Sydney Youth Orchestra, SBS TV Youth Orchestra and National Music Camps with coaching by Wolfram Christ, Laurie Jacks and Jane Hazelwood, organises regular chamber music sessions and concerts with fellow students exploring well and lesser known repertoire

1992 - 1995 Commences studies at The University of Sydney majoring in performance, musicology and fine arts, studies early music performance with Geoffrey Lancaster and Hans-Dieter Michatz, works with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as David Porcelijn and Hans Vonk, appointed lecturer in viola at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, performs early and contemporary chamber music with leading Australian musicians including Roland Peelman and Anthony Jennings, programmes and performs concerts of well and lesser known 18th century repertoire with broadcasts by ABC radio, appears at the Sydney Festival and Canberra Chamber Music Festival, performs at the Newcastle Festival premiering Australian composer Colin Speers' minimalist masterwork for solo viola and piano UWJ with the composer at the keyboard

1996 Completes undergraduate studies at The University of Sydney gaining a B.Mus. with a triple major in performance, musicology and fine arts, moves to the Netherlands

1996 – 1999 Postgraduate studies with Alda Stuurop on Baroque and classical viola at the Conservatorium of Utrecht, masterclasses with Sigiswald Kuijken, Wouter Möller, Lucy van Dael, Marie Leonhardt and Wim ten Have at the Conservatoriums of Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam, commences structural research on the Mannheim and Dutch symphonic schools

1997 – 2005 Works with Gustav Leonhardt and Frans Brüggen, tours with the Orchestra of the 18th century through Europe and Asia, member of Anima Eterna, recitals and chamber music with Menno van Delft, Richard Egarr, Andrew Manze, Alfredo Bernandini, Rachael Podger, Emma Kirkby and Elizabeth Wallfisch, works and tours with various other orchestras including the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, continues research into the European symphonic heritage looking particularly at composers such as Stamitz, Richter, Abel and Reichardt, commences intensive co-operation with younger generation specialist string players such as Rachael Beesley and Stephen Freeman, between 2000 and 2005 is violist of The Amsterdam String Quartet with tours, recordings, broadcasts and home concert series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw

2002 Founds The New Dutch Academy with a three day festival at The Netherland's oldest concert hall Felix Meritis broadcast live by Dutch radio, conducts modern day world premiere performances of the first Mannheim symphonies by composers including Stamitz and Richter

2003 Records first three NDA CDs for PentaTone, Holland Festival of Early Music conducting debut with groundbreaking performance, broadcast and CD recording of the Corelli Concerti Grossi resulting from an in-depth research, exploration and re-evaluation project into Corellian performance practice, appearances at major Dutch halls, creates and conducts an in-depth concert series further exploring the early Mannheim symphonic school together with Dutch radio, continues research into Dutch and European symphonic tradition, writes articles on the establishment of the symphony and symphony orchestra in Mannheim and on the orchestral aesthetic of Corelli

2004 Het Concertgebouw conducting début with live broadcast for Dutch radio of music by Bach, Graupner and Stamitz, wins Edison Music Award for the NDA's first CD with Mannheim string symphonies, gives Royal Command Performance at the Palazzo Quirinale Rome for HRH Queen Beatrix and HE President Ciampi broadcast live on Italian radio and tv with music by Corelli, Vivaldi, De Fesch and van Wassenaer, Berlin conducting début with live concert broadcast for Deutschlandfunk, Palais de Beaux Arts (Brussels) conducting debut with live broadcast for Belgian radio (Klara), tours NDA through eastern Europe and Russia, appearances at various other European festivals including Festival of Flanders

2005 Commences co-operation with Baroque dancer and choreographer Kaj Sylegard realising the NDA's 4th interdisciplinary Festival exploring the Frech 18th century pastoral obsession or "Fetes Galantes" phenomenon, conducts series of Mozart and Haydn symphonies at De Doelen, creates and conducts the programme "The Polyphonic Mozart" centring around Mozart Symphony 41 "Jupiter" for the Holland Festival of Early Music and Dutch radio in the Vredenburg Utrecht, solo recitals at the Händelhaus Halle and for the Organisatie Oude Muziek, appears as a guest on the show of Australian broadcasting legend Margaret Throsby

2006 Records the first ever disc of symphonies and chamber music by Joseph Schmitt “The Dutch Haydn” introducing the seminal German/Dutch composer to the world, programmes and performs in Dutch radiophonic festival with modern day world premiere performances of rediscovered Dutch symphonic works including Schmitt's Symphony Pastoral broadcast live from the Felix Meritis to more than 30 countries by the EBU, Potsdam Sanssouci Festspiele  début, opens the official Netherlands Australia 400 year celebrations in The Hague, tours NDA to Asia and Australia, creates, programmes and performs in Dutch Music Month in Australia with the ABC, 5th NDA Festival Go Dutch!, delivers lecture on Dutch 18th century music and culture at the Rijksmuseum

2007 Début at the Zaterdagmatinee series at Het Concertgebouw conducting the complete Handel Water Music broadcast live by Dutch radio, conducts inaugural concert of the Festival Classique in The Hague, conducts at the Haydn Festival at the UNESCO world heritage Schloss Brühl, commences co-operation with American concert Baroque cellist Caroline Kang, celebrates Stamitz anniversary year with a special series of concert programmes including music by Stamitz and other key Mannheimers such as Wendling and Holzbauer, invited by the Getty Research Institute and U.C.L.A. to give a lecture recital on Dutch 18th century music and culture at The Getty Center in Los Angeles, presents first successful reconstruction of Bach's cello, the "violoncello piccolo" in recital, conducts Beethoven and Haydn symphonies at De Doelen for Dutch radio

2008 Händel Festspiele Halle conducting début broadcast live by the MDR, the NDA is named as part of the official cultural infrastructure of The Hague becoming the first and only Baroque orchestra in the Netherlands to be supported by its own city, explores the 18th century London artistic and musical circles of Gainsborough, Abel, JC Bach and Mrs Cornelys through the NDA Festival Swinging Sixties, continues research into literary/musical circles of Reichardt and Zelter, creates and programmes three new NDA series - symphonic, baroque orchestral and chamber - in The Hague 

2009 Records the first ever CD to document the Symphony at the Court of Orange in The Hague with world premiere recordings of 18th century symphonies of Graaf, Schwindl, Stamitz and Zappa, recital performances on Bach's cello at original Bach workplaces including Weimar Residenz Schloss for the Thüringer Bachwochen, establishes new NDA symphonic series at The Hague's Philipszaal, puts Dutch symphonic heritage further on the map with the touring concert programme Dutch Crown Jewels broadcast on Dutch radio and tv, performs in Vancouver representing the Netherlands at the cultural olympiade, performs in New York City as part of the Netherlands' contribution to the Hudson 400 celebrations

2010 Début at the Bachfest Leipzig, CD Portrait of Simon Murphy by Dutch Radio in a series of live recordings of Haydn and Beethoven Symphonies, creates and conducts concert programmes with Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn symphonies, arias and overtures by Paisiello, Cimarosa and Rossini for the NDA's symphonic series in The Hague, continues research into lesser known late 18th century Italian and German symphonic and operatic repertoire, first co-operation with Danish soprano Nina Bols Lundgren with the programme A Night at the Opera

2011 Chosen by Dutch radio as one of the top five highlights in the 30 year history of the Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht, starts working with new generation soloists including sopranos Gudrun Sidonie Otto and Stefanie True, fortepianists Shuann Chai and Petra Somlai, recorder/baroque oboist Amy Power, baroque dancer Caroline Copeland and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani creating concert programmes including Black Magic, Empress of Pleasure, It's About Time and Ein Heldenleben, tours NDA to Asia and eastern Europe, creates and conducts new series of concert programmes of Stamitz, Mozart, Haydn symphonies and of arias and overtures by Rossini for Dutch radio

2012 China début with performances in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Hangzhou, gives masterclasses as Beijing's Central Conservatory and Hong Kong's Academy of Performing Arts, début with the Latvian State Choir and Collegium Musicum Riga with Bach's B Minor Mass in December 2012, creates and conducts concert programmes of arias, concertos and overtures by Mozart, von Weber, Mendelssohn, Zelter, Spohr and Lortzing for the NDA's 10 year jubilee season in The Hague with live broadcasts on Dutch radio and video streaming, conducting début with the Noord Nederlands Orkest in a special programme of works by Bach and van Wassenaer together with Swiss soprano Julia Neumann, creates new orchestral programmes documenting The Birth of the Symphony at the Mannheim court with music by Beck, Filz, Toeschi, Eichner and Cannabich, appointed artistic advisor and classical programmer at the Embassy Festival in The Hague, continues research into Abel's symphonies, intensifies research into Berlin. Leipzig and Dresden symphonic schools and into lesser known late 18th century German and Italian Opera (Buffa)/Singspiel

2013 Creates and directs official concert performance for the Dutch Royal Family at the Netherlands' Council of State celebrating HRH Princess Beatrix's reign as Queen of the Netherlands and President of the Council of State, début with Queensland Symphony Orchestra with sold out performances of Handel's The Water Music, Corelli's Concerti Grossi, and ground-breaking early classical symphonies by Stamitz, Abel, Schmitt “The Dutch Haydn”, Graaf and Reichardt, presents new app with new research on Zappa and The Hague's 18th century musical life, presents the Gothic Project with new innovative staged concert productions Gothic Stories and Once Upon a Time, gives viola recitals and masterclasses in Hong Kong and southern China, becomes a guest columnist for ABC's Limelight Magazine with a personal column documenting his musical experiences, travels, explorations and discoveries, appointed inaugural music curator to the Netherlands' Prinsjesfestival, creates inaugural classical and jazz programme for Embassy Festival featuring Australian classical saxophonist Amy Dickson, ECM star Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli, Dutch violinist Frederieke Saeijs, sopranos Stefanie True and Julia Kogan, Rembrandt Frerichs Trio, Swedish lutenist Karl Nyhlin and U.S. pianist Bobby Mitchell

2014 Début with Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra in a hand-tailored programme of Mozart arias and symphonies, Hong Kong conducting début with symphonic music by Beethoven and contemporaries, 2nd China Tour with the programme Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries with The New Dutch Academy Orchestra, German soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto and recorder virtuoso Elisabeth Champollion with music by JS Bach, Van Wassenaer, Hacquart, Telemann and Vivaldi, new research into the Gothic and its influence on theatre and orchestral music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, further honing of programmes as part of Gothic Project, various solo recitals with music by Stamitz, Rolla, Rust, Hummel, Von Weber, Glinka and Mendelssohn

Upcoming 

2015 - 2020 Conducting débuts at Ansbach Festival, Istanbul Music Festival and Ankara Festival, portrait solo-CD including Telemann's Viola Concerto, recording of Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries, recordings of symphonies, concertos and arias by Abel, Reichardt, Zelter, Storace and Mozart, recording of Handel's The Water Music with Corelli's influence on Handel as inspiration, new all-Vivaldi CD, new performances of stage production Mrs Cornelys' Entertainments with Murphy and Baroque dancer Caroline Copeland, performances of concert programmes and stage productions as part of the Gothic Project and the Once Upon a Time ... series, 3rd tour to China and Hong Kong, new co-production of the opera Love in a Village, publication of new editions of classical symphonies from the Dutch and German schools, new orchestral programmes and productions with the NDA exploring music from late 18th century symphonic and operatic centres Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and St Petersburg, various chamber and recital programmes, intensifies research into old world – new world cultural bloodlines and the establishment of cultural fabric in new world societies, including research into early symphonic concert giving and programming in Northern America (late 18th century), exploration of how the Abel family influenced the new world through its contact with the founding father of the American church and school music systems, Lowell Mason (thereby making the link between Bach, Mozart and Gospel, Bebop, Hip Hop …)