Hosted by The Art Song Preservation Society of NY and the Manhattan School of Music
Thomas Muraco — Pianist, Conductor, and Coach — will explore the German Lied repertoire spanning from Schubert and Schumann to Mahler and Strauss and composers in between.
Manhattan School of Music
120 Claremont Avenue
Please enter at corner of 122nd St and Broadway, under the red awning
ABOUT THOMAS MURACO
Mr. 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.
Mr. Muraco has partnered with distinguised musicians such as Adele Addison, John Aler, Martina Arroyo, Arleen Augér, John Cheek, Phyllis Curtin, Mary Dunleavy, Faith Esham, Maureen Forrester, Denyce Graves, Ben Heppner, Henry Herford, Ying Huang, Sumi Jo, Susanne Mentzer, Chris Merritt, Roberta Peters, Hermann Prey, Twyla Robinson, Jennie Tourel, Benita Valente and Dolora Zajick, and instrumentalists John Graham, Wolfram Koessel, Robert Mann, Arnold Steinhardt, Zara Nelsova, Ransom Wilson, Peter Winograd, and the American and Shanghai String Quartets. Highlights of his career include appearances at The White House, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Banff, Bermuda, Casals, Cincinnati May and Ravinia Festivals, and on recital series at New York’s major concert hallsand at museums, universities and cultural centers throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Muraco has recorded on the Serenus, CRI and Musical Heritage labels, including 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.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Muraco has been a member of the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the State University of New York at Stony Brook., and is presently on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music. There 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 as well as at the Eastman School of Music. 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. Influential teachers in Thomas Muraco’s own training include Brooks Smith at the Eastman School of Music, from which he graduated with distinction, and Jeaneane Dowis at the Aspen Festival and in NYC, and conductors David Gilbert and John Nelson..
Often asked to judge competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Muraco has been the chairman of the jury of the annual international vocal competition held in Vivonne, France, “De Vive Voix” at which festival he conducted a program of opera scenes in 2007 and in 2008 performed “Die Winterreise” to great acclaim.
In August 2000 he conducted Lakmé in Tel‐Aviv for the International Vocal Arts Institute, La Bohème at the Manhattan School of Music in 2000, La Traviata at the Manhattan School of Music in April 2001 and Carmen there in April 2002. La Cenerentola was his debut with Opera San José in September 2002, in 2003 Die Zauberflöte, Idomeneo in January 2004 at Opera Mc Gill, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Dialogues des Carmélites, Il Tabarro/ Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Lucia, Faust, Hänsel und Gretel, Capuleti e i Montecchi, Lakmé, Luisa Miller and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, all at the Manhattan School of Music in his Opera Repertory Ensemble where he prepares and conducts the chorus and the principles. In April 2015 he made his debut with Tri-Cities Opera to critical acclaim conducting Faust.
Mr. Muraco 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: in the US at Carnegie Hall (Verdi Requiem), with the New Japan Philharmonic (La Traviata and Schumann Scenes from Faust) ,with L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (Entführung aus dem Serail), and in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera as well as for 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 of the 2007-2008 season including Nabucco and Merlin of Carl Goldmark as well as overseeing the preparation of all repertoire in the season.
During Jan-Feb, 2009 he performed to great acclaim with tenor Ben Heppner at La Scala, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Opéra National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonie and at the Barbican Centre in London.
In August, 2012 he was the Music Director of a new training program in Siena, Italy in which he conducted Orlando of Händel and Suor Angelica of Puccini and in the summer of 2013 assisted John Nelson at the Santa Fe Opera on Le Nozze di Figaro as well as performing and teaching at the Banff Centre and at Opera Advantage.