Performing at the world's most prestigious halls and festivals, Murphy has attracted international media attention for his fresh and engaging musical approach, with France's Diapason reporting, "Repertoire-refresher, conductor Simon Murphy radiates joie de vivre. His interpretation distinguishes itself by its enthusiasm and his approach possesses a classic élan, displaying delicate sensitivity."
Working with both specialist baroque and modern symphony orchestras, Murphy's energising and invigorating conducting technique was described by the BBC Music Magazine as "the best of both worlds". He is currently the chief-conductor and artistic director of The Hague's Baroque Orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA).
Praised as "a musician with guts" by the Netherlands' De Volkskrant, Murphy is a world authority on the early, classical symphony. His discography includes world première presentations of works by 18th century symphonists Stamitz, Richter, Schmitt ("The Dutch Haydn"), Schwindl, Graaf and Zappa (PentaTone Classics). His groundbreaking 2003 recording of Corelli's Concerti Grossi was voted as one of the top five highlights in the 30 year history of the Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht.
European festival appearances include productions for the Händel Festspiele Halle and Bachfest Leipzig. International concert touring has taken Murphy through Europe, the US, Canada, Russia, Asia and Australia. Recent conducting highlights in the Netherlands have included cycles of Stamitz, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn symphonies at The Hague's Philipszaal and Amsterdam's Het Concertgebouw.
After graduating from the University of Sydney, Murphy was further educated in the Netherlands where he was the violist of The Amsterdam String Quartet and performed extensively with legendary figures Frans Brüggen and Gustav Leonhardt in ensembles such as The Orchestra of the 18th Century.
Alongside conducting, Murphy remains internationally active as a viola soloist and chamber musician. He regularly gives masterclasses and lecture-recitals, is artistic advisor to The Hague's new European Life I Live Festival and has programmed major bilateral events for the Dutch government.
Upcoming conducting engagements include appearances in Scandinavia, Northern Europe, China and Australia.