An award-winning composer and teacher, Murray Gross has been honored by the American Symphony Orchestra League as one of the outstanding young conductors in the nation. His compositions have been performed across the country, been broadcast over National Public Radio, and have received many honors including a Broadcast Music Incorporated Award.
In demand as a guest conductor, recent engagements have taken Maestro Gross to Italy, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Working with such artists as Jessye Norman, Joshua Bell, Paula Robison, Carter Brey, Misha Dichter and many others, Murray Gross has garnered rave reviews on three continents. His programs with the National Symphony of Uruguay were televised to great acclaim, while in Germany the critics wrote that he "succeeded in a singularly impressive way. The engaging manner of the conductor made for a personal and interesting interpretation."
Murray Gross studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, New England Conservatory and the Oberlin Conservatory, receiving the degree Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University in 2005. Currently Assistant Professor of Music at Alma College, Dr. Gross conducts the Alma Symphony and teaches composition, film music, ear-training, theory, world music and conducting.
In 1978 Mr. Gross received a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst grant enabling him to spend two years composing and conducting in Munich, Germany. In addition, he trained at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School and the International Bartok Festival in Hungary. Chosen by Antal Dorati in 1980 to serve as Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, Gross led that orchestra in hundreds of educational, pops and community concerts. An active guest conductor on several continents, he served as Music Director of Michigan's West Shore Symphony from 1982 through 2001.
Compositions by Murray Gross have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, the Nobilis Trio, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Folias Duo, the Woodland Trio, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and many other professional and collegiate ensembles. His works have been heard at many new music festivals including Music04, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the New Music Festival at Western Illinois University.
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