Considered one of the most talented Brazilian guitarists of his generation, Daniel Murray pursues an active career as an interpreter and composer, performing in Brazil, Latin America and Europe. His career began in 1998, when he won first prize at the Concours International de Guitarre de Trédez-Locquémeau, in Brittany, France, at the age of 15.
His discography includes twelve albums, six of them dedicated to solo guitar music. His first work, recorded in 2008, Universos Sonoros para Violão e Tape, was sponsored by the Petrobras Cultural award. It was followed by Tom Jobim for Solo Guitar and Autoral, both produced by Paulo Belinatti, Universos em Expansão, featuring contemporary classical music, as well as albums recorded as a member of Duo Saraiva-Murray, Trio Opus 12, Quarteto Tau and Núcleo Hespérides.
He has toured Europe, playing in London (St. Martin-in-the-Fields and National Theatre, among others), Cambridge, Athens, Paris, Saint-Germain-lès-Corbeil and Septveaux. He has taken part in the BIG (Guitar Biennial) in Chambéry/Lyon, the MIDEM Festival in Cannes, performed as a soloist at the Porgy and Bess, a traditional Vienna concert hall, and in 2018 he was the only Brazilian selected to join the Classical:NEXT program, an important international platform for classical music.
In Denmark, he performed at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and conducted a series of didactic concerts through LMS - Levende Musik i Skolen. In 2015, he was nominated for the Concert Prize for his solo performance. In 2016, he recorded Brazilian Landscapes in Denmark (OurRecordings / Naxus), together with Michala Petri (recorder) and Marilyn Masur (percussion), the album was silver medal winner on the Global Music Award. In the same year, his composition Song and Dance earned him the first place in the Concurso Novas III, in Brazil.
In 2017, he made his début as a soloist, performing the Heitor Villa-Lobos' concerto, as well as his own composition Camarecóica with the Israel Chamber Orchestra (ICO) conducted by Doron Salomon, in Tel-Aviv. In 2018, he received a prize at the FMCB – Festival de Música Contemporânea Brasileira for his performance honoring Egberto Gismonti. In the same year, he also played as a soloist with the Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional (OSN) in Brasília and the Camerata da Orquestra Experimental de Repertório (OER). He also toured Germany promoting his solo album 14-37 - Brazilian Music for Solo Guitar (Acoustic Music Records), in which he presents a retrospective of his career. In 2019, besides of concerts in Chile (with Chilean Orquestra) Denmark (with Michala Petri and Marilyn Masur) and several concerts in Brazil (São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) Daniel released his album Universo Musical de Egberto Gismonti through the Carmo/ ECM label and produced by Egberto Gismonti.
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