Thomas Muraco

Conductor

MuracoThomas Muraco
Conductor

Thomas Muraco has earned such accolades through a combination of technical virtuosity, tonal beauty, and a unique understanding of the underlying poetry of music.  His performances in major concert halls throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Asia reflect his command of a repertoire remarkable for its complete range of musical styles, periods and forms.  He has been praised for his insightful interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Wolf, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, and premieres of William Schuman and George Perle.

Throughout his distinguished career he has collaborated with such singers as Ben Heppner, Denyce Graves, Chris Merritt, Benita Valente, Dolora Zajick, Hermann Prey, Sumi Jo, Faith Esham, Martina Arroyo, Roberta Peters, Arleen Augér, Maureen Forrester and instrumentalists John Graham, Robert Mann, Arnold Steinhardt, Zara Nelsova, Ransom Wilson, Peter Winograd, and the American Shanghai String Quartets.  He has performed at The White House, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Banff, Bermuda, Casals, Cincinnati May and Ravinia Festivals and in recital series in all of New York’s major concert halls, as well as universities and cultural centers throughtout the US, Europe and Asia.

He had the honor of assisting in the preparation of performances and a recording of La Bohème under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.  In addition, he has assisted in preparing both operatic and symphonic repertoire for conductors John Nelson, including the Verdi Requiem at Carnegie Hall, La Traviata and Schumann Scenes from Faust with the New Japan Philharmonic and Die Entführung aud dem Serail  with the L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.  He has also assisted James Conlon with the Cincinnati Symphony, adding yet another aspect to a career which has already established him in the front ranks of American musicians.

During the 2007-2008 season, Mr. Muraco was the  Studienleiter-Kapellmeister at the Theater Bremen where he conducted many performances during the season, including Verdi’s Nabucco and Carl Goldmark’s Merlin.  He has conducted Lakmé in Tel Aviv for the International Vocal Arts Institute, La Cenerentola for his debut with Opera San José, Die Zauberflöte and Idomeneo for Opera McGill in Montreal Canada and La BohèmeLa Traviata, Madama Butterfly, don Giovanni Dialogues des Carmélites, Rigoletto, Il Tabaro and Gianni Schicchi all for the Manhattan School of Music.

In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Muraco has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and is presently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, where he trains pianists in the art of accompanying and coaching, as well as singers in all aspects of the art.

He has taught master classes for pianists and singers at the Aspen and Banff Music Festivals and the St. Louis Conservatory.  In such master classes he emphasizes the unique relationship of poetry and music in all aspects of the vocal repertoire, bringing to bear his extensive knowledge of languages French, Italian, German and Portuguese among others.

Mr. Muraco has recorded on the Serenus, CRI and Musical Heritage labels, his most recent releases a program of music for viola and piano by Britten, Shostakovitch, Bergsma and Shapey with John Graham as well as a Liederabend of Brahms with contralto Maureen Forrester on CBC records.

Thomas Muraco is simply one of the finest collaborative artists before the public today; his contributions were models of complete support and specific understanding they were songs without words. – Boston Globe

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