Lewis Murphy is a Scottish composer, arranger, pianist and educator. Born in Glasgow, he began his training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before moving to London to continue his studies with Mark-Anthony Turnage at the Royal College of Music.
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Since writing his first opera (Now) in 2014, Lewis has become a prolific composer of music for the stage, with commissions from The Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera and English Touring Opera, among others. His first main stage opera, Belongings (2017), composed while Lewis was Young Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne, was shortlisted for a Young Audiences Music Award (2018) in the category of Best Opera, and received its US premiere in Minneapolis in February 2020.
Particularly important to this output is Lewis' partnership with librettist-director, Laura Attridge. Together, they form the writing duo Murphy & Attridge.
Recent instrumental works include Variations on Ae Fond Kiss (2018, Inverclyde Schools Wind Band), Breathing Space (2019, Diphonon Duo), The Voyager (2020, Kentigern Quartet), and When the time comes (2021), commissioned by flautist Ruth Morley for her recent project, ‘Lost & Found’.