Katherine Murdock

Katherine Murdock, viola, has performed throughout the world as a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, and with such groups as Music from Marlboro, Boston Chamber Music Society, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, St. Luke’s, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

She has been a guest of the Beaux Arts Trio, the Guarneri, Emerson, and Vermeer string quartets, and has performed live for NPR “Performance Today”, “St. Paul Sunday”, NBC’s “Today Show”, West German Radio, and the BBC.

Ms. Murdock received her education at Oberlin, Boston University, and Yale; her teachers and mentors have included Karen Tuttle, William Primrose, Joseph Silverstein, Sándor Végh, Felix Galimir, Robert Mann, and Eugene Lehner. Currently a Professor of Viola at the University of Maryland, she has served on the faculties of Boston Conservatory, The Longy School, Wellesley College, the Hartt School, Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, and for nine years at SUNY Stony Brook. She has been on the artist faculty of the Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall festivals for 25 years. She is a member of the Left Bank Quartet and for twenty-one years was violist of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. In recent years she has toured New Zealand, Turkey, Taiwan, Guatemala, and Brazil to perform recitals and present master classes. Her students fill quartet and orchestra positions both in the US and internationally, including the Boston Symphony, St. Paul Chamber and Minnesota orchestras, Australian String Quartet, A Far Cry, principal viola of the San Diego Symphony, and serve as professors at universities and conservatories across the globe.

Guest Artist

Katherine Murdock


University of Maryland