Praised for his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Wolf, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Poulenc, Thomas Muraco has been described as “simply one of the finest collaborative artists before the public today” by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe. He has given premieres of William Schuman and George Perle and partnered such singers as Martina Arroyo, Phyllis Curtin, Denyce Graves, Ben Heppner, Roberta Peters, Benita Valente, and Dolora Zajick, among many others, and instrumentalists John Graham, Robert Mann, Arnold Steinhardt, Zara Nelsova, Ransom Wilson and Peter Winograd, as well as the American and Shanghai String Quartets. Highlights of his career include appearances at the White House, the Library of Congress, and the Aspen, Banff, Casals, and Ravinia festivals.
On the faculty of Manhattan School of Music since 1993, Mr. Muraco trains pianists in the art of accompanying and coaching, as well as singers in all aspects of the art. He has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and State University of New York at Stony Brook and has taught master classes at the Aspen and Banff Music Festivals and the St. Louis Conservatory. Influential teachers in his own training include Brooks Smith at the Eastman School of Music, from which he graduated with distinction, Jeaneane Dowis, and John Nelson.
Mr. Muraco recently released a recording of music for viola and piano by Britten, Shostakovitch, Bergsma and Shapey with John Graham, and a Liederabend of Brahms with contralto Maureen Forrester on CBC Records.
Mr. Muraco has been the chairman of the jury of De Vive Voix, the annual vocal competition held in Vivonne, France, where in 2007 he conducted a program of opera scenes and in 2008 performed Die Winterreise to great acclaim. He has conducted Lakmé in Tel Aviv for the International Vocal Arts Institute; La Cenerentola with Opera San José as his debut in 2002; Die Zauberflöte and Idomeneo at Opera McGill; and productions with MSM’s Opera Repertoire Ensemble of La bohème, La Traviata, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Dialogues des Carmélites, Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Falstaff and Lucia di Lammermoor.
Mr. Muraco had the honor of assisting in the preparation of performances and a recording of La bohème under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. He also assisted in preparing both operatic and symphonic repertoire for John Nelson for performances of the Verdi Requiem at Carnegie Hall and Entführung aus dem Serail with L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and for James Conlon with the Cincinnati Symphony.
As the Studienleiter-Kapellmeister at the Theater Bremen in 2008, Mr. Muraco conducted performances of Nabucco. In 2009 he performed to great acclaim with tenor Ben Heppner at La Scala, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Opéra National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonie, and the Barbican Centre in London. He conducted Orlando and Suor Angelica in the summer of 2012 and will coach at the Santa Fe Opera this summer, 2013.