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Dimitri Murrath - Violist

  • "Murrath has phenomenal technical ability…astonishing skill. He is a very accomplished musician indeed." (The Strad)

Biography

First prize winner at the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition, Belgian violist Dimitri Murrath has had his debut recitals in Jordan Hall (Boston), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall (London), and Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels).

Born in Brussels in 1982, Dimitri 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 last year with an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian.

He has won numerous awards, including Verbier Festival Academy's Viola Prize, New England Conservatory's Presidential Scholar Award, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation.


With repertoire extending from Bach to contemporary music by Ligeti, Kurtag and Sciarrino, Dimitri 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 and given the world premieres of several solo works.

As a chamber musician, Dimitri has collaborated with violinist Gidon Kremer, whom invited him to his festival in Lockenhaus, Austria and to the Kronberg Academy's Chamber Music Connects the World project. Other artists with whom Dimitri has worked with include Menahem Pressler, Donald Weilerstein, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz and Kim Kashkashian. In the spring 2008, he was invited to be part of the Ravinia Rising Stars Chamber Music Tour with violinist Miriam Fried. 


Other festivals include IMS Prussia Cove (UK), Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists (Chicago), Verbier Festival Academy, Gstaad Festival (Switzerland) and Marlboro Music Festival.