Praised as one of the "standouts" among the many rising stars in Carnegie Hall's critically acclaimed Ensemble Connect, trumpeter Paul Murphy is passionate about drawing audiences deeply into the art of music. His work as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player has taken him to hundreds of cities and 22 countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Paul is a co-founding member of Decoda — named by Carnegie Hall as its first-ever affiliate ensemble — and has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, and frequently tours and records with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Broadway credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, American in Paris, Doctor Zhivago, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. As a recording artist his work can be heard on major film and television soundtracks, including HBO's Grammy-winning Boardwalk Empire.
A inaugural recipient of the Yale Distinguished Teaching Artist Award, Paul is committed to expanding the role of what it means to be a 21st-century musician. For over a decade he has been proud to serve on the teaching-artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic, where he has appeared both on stage in front of the orchestra and in classrooms throughout New York City. He has also helped to design projects and programming for Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program, which sends artists into community centers, hospitals, and correctional facilities. Since 2016, Paul has served as a K-12 curriculum specialist for The Juilliard School, helping to support music educators and school administrators around the world to develop strong performing arts programs. As an emerging leader in his field, he has been invited to speak on the topics of community engagement, teaching artistry, and entrepreneurship at major music conservatories including the Colburn School and the Yale School of Music. Paul previously served on faculty at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music where he directed the brass choir and led an advanced career seminar for graduate students. In the summers Paul teaches at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.
Prior to living in New York, Paul served as the Principal Trumpet of the Daejeon Philharmonic in South Korea. He has earned degrees from the Yale School of Music and St. Olaf College, and was an Academy Fellow at The Juilliard School from 2007-2010. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. degree in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.