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 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.

Committed to expanding the role of what it means to be a 21st-century musician, Paul is 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. Paul recently joined The Juilliard School as a K-12 curriculum specialist - frequently traveling to Vietnam - and is currently celebrating his sixth year on faculty at the Kinhaven summer music school in Vermont. 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. 

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 his doctorate at Teachers College at Columbia University. 


Paul Murphy