The Kennedy Center
David Murray

David Murray
Trombones

David Murray was appointed second trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014. Prior to joining the NSO, Murray was a freelance musician performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Baltimore, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, San Antonio, and San Diego symphonies; the Louisiana and Malaysian Philharmonics; the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; and the IRIS Orchestra, among others. He has also participated in the Schleswig-Holstein, Spoleto USA, and Chautauqua Festivals.

Murray joined the trombone faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in 2017, and has also taught for the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute and the Curtis Institute Summerfest. He is a member of the Festival Orchestra at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.

Murray began his early musical studies on the piano at age five, adding trombone at age nine. He later continued training at Peabody Preparatory on both instruments. Selected to participate in Peabody's Arts for Talented Youth Program, he received intensive education in theory, orchestra, chamber music, and collaborative arts. Murray holds a bachelor of music (High Distinction and Performer’s Certificate) from the Eastman School of Music, and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. His primary teachers were Blair Bollinger, John Marcellus, Ralph Sauer, and Christopher Dudley.


Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210