A world authority on the early, classical symphony, Murphy's discography includes world première presentations of works by 18th century symphonists Stamitz, Richter, Schmitt ("The Dutch Haydn"), Schwindl, Graaf and Zappa (PentaTone Classics). Murphy has won major industry awards, including the Netherlands' Edison Music Award and his ground-breaking 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 highlights have included productions for the Händel Festspiele Halle, Bachfest Leipzig, Thüringer Bachwochen, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Istanbul Music Festival, Roma Europa Festival and the Festival van Vlaanderen. International concert touring has taken Murphy through Europe, the U.S., Canada, Russia, Asia and Australia, with broadcasts for the NTR, RNW, EBU, DLF, HR, MDR, RAI and ABC. Recent conducting highlights in the Netherlands have included cycles of Stamitz, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn symphonies for Dutch radio at The Hague's Philipszaal, De Doelen in Rotterdam and Amsterdam's Het Concertgebouw..
Simon Murphy was born on 26 August 1973 in Balmain, Sydney. He started started learning violin at age of four and changing to viola at age 11. Before he moved to the Netherlands in 1996, he completed his undergraduate degree in music performance, musicology and fine arts at the University of Sydney in 1996. Specifically, he studied the viola with Leonid Volovelsky and early music performance with Hans-Dieter Michatz and Geoffrey Lancaster. At his first year living in the Netherlands, he studied Baroque viola with Alda Stuurop and took masterclasses with Lucy van Dael and Sigiswald Kuijken.
"Murphy is a musician with "guts": a conductor with the passion and conviction of a born missionary" De Volkskrant Netherlands.