1. Faculty

Dimitri Murrath

Co-Chair, String and Piano Chamber; Viola

“Murrath has phenomenal technical ability … astonishing skill. He is a very accomplished musician indeed.”
—The Strad

Courses Taught

  • Private Lessons
  • Chamber Music

Education

  • Artist Diploma, New England Conservatory
  • MM, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • BM, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Ensembles

  • Boston Chamber Music Society

Awards and Distinctions

  • Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2014
  • First Prize, Primrose International Viola Competition, 2008

What is your hometown?

Brussels, Belgium

What is your favorite recording?

It changes over time! One that comes to mind is Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann with Fritz Wunderlich singing.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Reading and slowly learning martial arts.

Who were your major teachers?

Natalia Boyarsky, David Takeno, and Kim Kashkashian.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Don't think! Feel!”
—Bruce Lee 

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“How do I practice effectively?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

I don't remember it as a moment. It came gradually, as I felt more and more passionate about classical music. One day, I found myself knowing I wanted to be in classical music, even though I wasn't sure if it would be as a violinist or composer. I certainly didn't imagine I would become a violist at that time!

What was a turning point in your career?

Clearly, the time I decided to jump ship and fully devote to the viola. It was a difficult decision at the time, but I haven’t looked back since!

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I would be wishing I was a musician.

What is your daily practice routine?

When I was a student, and now when I am busy preparing for solo concerts, I like to practice four hours every day. Regularity is the key.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Dvořák, and Mozart. (Sorry, I cannot choose only three between those!)

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Vienna, 1827—an important year for both Beethoven and Schubert. It's hard to pick a particular year. There are so many good ones!

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