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Kelly-Marie Murphy

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Kelly-Marie Murphy


Kelly-Marie Murphy (b. 1964, Sardegna, Italy) is a Canadian composer.

Dr. Murphy began her studies in composition at the University of Calgary with William Jordan and Allan Bell, and later received a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Leeds, England, where she studied with Philip Wilby.

After living and working for many years in the Washington, D.C., area, where she was designated "an alien of extraordinary ability" by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, she is now [2021] based in Ottawa, Canada as a freelance composer

Murphy's music has been performed around the world by outstanding soloists and ensembles and has had radio broadcasts in over twenty-two countries. Her music has been interpreted by renowned conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, David Brophy, Bramwell Tovey, and Mario Bernardi. Her music has been performed in iconic concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Dr. Murphy has created a number of memorable works for some of Canada’s leading performers and ensembles, including the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, The Gryphon Trio, James Campbell, Shauna Rolston, the Cecilia and Afiara String Quartets, and Judy Loman.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 429.
  • Kelly-Marie Murphy website Accessed 4 March 2021