The current President of the Board of Directors for Elm City ChamberFest, Fiona Murray founded ECCF in 2005, and as the Executive and Artistic Director, oversaw the growth and success of the program for 14 seasons. An active performer and resident of New York City, Ms Murray's performing career encompasses a variety of genres, ranging from live performances and several recordings on compact disc with America's oldest Bach Festival to concert appearances with Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra Jr, Earth, Wind and Fire, as well as live MTV appearances with Mary J Blige, Jay-Z & The Roots. She has been a member of the first violin section of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra and has served as guest concertmaster of the Wallingford and Greenwich Symphony Orchestras and was a founding member of the Kawas String Quartet. Her performing experiences have included the stages of renowned concert venues across the US and the UK, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Wolftrap, the London PROMS, Kings College Chapel, Edinburgh's Usher Hall and the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.
A dedicated and experienced pedagogue, Ms. Murray currently maintains private teaching studios in CT and NY. Her students have won numerous awards and competitions throughout the Tri-State area, have received top rankings in NYSSMA and CT All-State, and have been invited to perform at the White House for violinist Joshua Bell and First Lady, Michelle Obama. Students of her private studio have gone on to attend top music schools and universities in the US including Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory, Northwestern University, Harvard and Princeton University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ms. Murray is a former member of the faculty at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester Musicians Guild where she was the Coordinator of their Young Artists' Program for five seasons. She has also served on the faculty of Kinhaven Music School (VT), Interlochen Arts Camp (MI), Concordia College Conservatory in Bronxville, (NY), and Oxford Summer Chamber Music, (Queen's College, England). Her primary instructors included Sidney Harth, Dorothy Mauney, Catherine Tait, Renata Knific and Roland and Almita Vamos. She has studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, Ward Davenny, Michael McClelland and Nathaniel Rosen. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she holds a Bachelor's in Music Degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a MM and Artist's Diploma from Yale School of Music.