Born in 1964 in Sardinia, Italy
Kelly-Marie Murphy was born on a NATO base in Sardinia, Italy in 1964, and grew up on Armed Forces bases all across Canada. She began her studies in composition at the University of Calgary and later received a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Leeds in England. After living and working for many years in the Washington D.C. area, she is now based in Ottawa.
She was awarded first prize and the People’s Choice Award at the CBC Young Composer’s Competition in 1994 (string quartet category), earned fifth place at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris in 1996 for her first orchestra piece, From the Drum Comes a Thundering Beat; and recently won first prize in the Centara Corporation New Music Festival Composer’s Competition for her harp concerto, And Then At Night I Paint the Stars. As a result of these and other successes, she has been the recipient of many commissions from Canada’s leading performers and ensembles, and her music has been performed worldwide.