Christopher Murray

London-based cellist, chamber musician and teacher

A leading cellist with a busy international performing career

Drawing recognition as cellist of the Heath Quartet, prizes include the 2016 GRAMOPHONE Chamber Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Special Ensemble Scholarship.

playing in many of the major concert venues worldwide

Recent appearances include the Wiener Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie and Wigmore Halls.

American Haiku by Paul Wiancko (with Gary Pomeroy)

"Moments that stood out were some wonderful lyrical passages from cellist Christopher Murray..."


Highlights include performing with Piers Lane in Brett Dean's Wigmore Hall Celebration, collaborations with Sally Beamish at Aldeburgh Festival and with Hannes Minnaar and Magnus Johnston at Peasmarsh Festival, as well as performances with Manchester Camerata and London Mozart Players. Upcoming concerto engagements include Shostakovich Concerto with Orchestra North East.


Bartok: String Quartets HMM907661/2
Limelight Magazine Recording of the Year & Chamber Recording of the Year 2017
Shortlisted for Gramophone Chamber Award 2018

Tchaikovsky: String Quartets 1&3 HMU 907665/2
BBC Radio 3 Disk of the Week
The Sunday Times Disk of the Week

Tippett: String Quartets WHLIVE0080/2
Gramophone Award Winner 2016

Berg: String Quartet - Webern: Langsamer Satz -
Schoenberg: String Quartet No.2
BBC Radio 3 Disk of the Week
Presto Music Recording of the Week

Bracing Change 2 - Grime: String Quartet No.2 NMCD242
Gramophone Editor's Choice

Christopher can also be heard on Sheku Kanneh-Mason's 2019 Elgar album CD4850241.

Education work

Christopher is in demand as a teacher and is a member of Strings Faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also gives private and online lessons: get in touch for more information.

Christopher features in Manchester Camerata's Untold

Upcoming Performances

January 30 2024     BBC Radio 3 In Tune

February 4 2024     Hollywell Music Room, Oxford

February 5 2024     Oriental Club, London

February 6 2024     Wigmore Hall, London

March 3 2024     Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin

      Christopher plays a cello made by Robin Aitchison.

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Photo credits: Candian Li, Aaron Kimball