Michael Murray is an Australian classical pianist who began learning the piano at the age of five. Rather than follow mainstream and sit through piano exams, he walked his own path, focused on developing technique and repertoire of his interest. In 1997, Michael became the selected pianist out of many high schools throughout Sydney to perform solo at the Sydney Opera House in a full attendance concert.
Despite successful performances and various awards in piano competitions, Michael pursued a full time career in banking and finance with United Overseas Bank in Sydney, which he stayed with for seven years. During this period he taught piano privately part time, which eventually led to full time. He resigned from his banking position in 2014, as he believed piano teaching was a more rewarding experience.
Prior to his piano teaching in 2010, he had only sat for one graded piano exam (AMEB Grade 2 pianoforte), as he considered piano to be only a recreational activity. Since now it had become his profession, he then went on to complete his A.Mus.A in 2010, followed by the L.Mus.A in 2012. Also, in July 2012 he received a Highly Commended award (95/100) in the nationwide KAWAI Open Piano Competition – Sydney Eisteddfod (his first piano competition in 15 years).
In July 2015, Michael decided to audition at the Australian Institute of Music to enter into a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in classical performance. After an exceptionally high performance standard and recognition of experience as a professional musician, he was instead offered a position as a post-graduate student, and commenced his Masters degree immediately, studying piano with concert pianists Suzanna Hlinka and Wojciech Wisniewski. His first semester recital received a high distinction.