Paul Murphy is Principal Conductor of Birmingham Royal Ballet. He made his Royal Opera House debut in 1993 conducting BRB in a mixed programme of Job, Concerto and Choreartium. He has since conducted BRB at the Royal Opera House in works including The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Sylvia and Coppélia. He made his Royal Ballet debut in 1994 with a programme of divertissements, and has since conducted the Company in Mr Worldly Wise (world premiere), The Sleeping Beauty, Manon, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardée and Romeo and Juliet, and numerous one-act ballets. In the 2016/17 and 2017/18 Seasons he conducts The Royal Ballet School's Summer Performance, which he has conducted since 2005. In the 2017/18 Season he also conducts Concerto and The Nutcracker.
Murphy was born in Northern Ireland and studied conducting, viola and singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He joined BRB as conductor in 1992 and was appointed Principal Conductor in 1997. He has conducted for companies including New York City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Vlaanderen, Australian Ballet, BalletBoyz, Acosta Danza and the National Ballet of Japan, with which he conducted the world premieres of David Bintley’s Aladdin and The Prince of the Pagodas.
Murphy has conducted orchestras including New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Manchester Camerata, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has made numerous recordings for BBC television and radio, and for labels including Naxos, ASV and Opus Arte.