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Dimitri Murrath, viola

Born in Brussels, Belgian-American viola player Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.); Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and Royal Festival Hall (London); Kioi Hall (Tokyo); and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).

A first-prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition, Dimitri Murrath has won numerous awards, including second prize at the first Tokyo International Viola Competition and the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Music Competition. In 2012, he was named laureate of the Juventus Festival, an award recognizing young European soloists. He is a recipient of a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant. With this award, Dimitri Murrath recorded and released his first solo album recording music by Vieuxtemps, Clarke, and Hindemith in 2017.

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 & Drama. He graduated from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. After nine years teaching viola at the New England Conservatory, he is now Professor of Viola and Chair of Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Dimitri Murrath participates in the Music for Food project, which raises awareness of the hunger problem faced by a large percent of the population, and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.