Our Music Director

MSE Music Director- Fintan Murphy

Born in Melbourne, Fintan completed further study in Cologne with Helfried Fister, Christoph Poppen and the Amadeus Quartet. He completed his Master’s degree with Robert Gerle in Washington, D.C. A member of the Melbourne Symphony for many years, Fintan now performs as a recitalist and chamber musician. Fintan works closely with composers editing and performing new works and has released many CD and DVD recordings including The Soul of the Viola, Bridges and the Violin Alive series.

Fintan’s research focuses on string pedagogy and his DVDs Violin Bow Technique and Violin Left Hand have received glowing reviews in journals such as the Strad, Stringendo and the American String teacher. Fintan has edited eight books of graded violin repertoire for the Australian Music Examinations Board and published peer-reviewed articles in the British, the Australian and the International Journals of Music Education.


Fintan is the joint editor of the string journal String Praxis and is the Chair of the Specialist Examining Panel for Strings for the Australian Music Examination Board. Fintan regularly presents seminars, summer schools, workshops and conference presentations throughout Australia, South East Asia, Europe and the North Americas.


Fintan directs the Melbourne String Ensemble, a youth orchestra specializing in small ensemble repertoire and chamber music for strings. He has worked as a guest conductor and soloist with many youth orchestras in Europe including the orchestra of the Manresa Conservatory, the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and Junge Kammerorchester Stuttgart. Fintan currently teaches violin and string pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of music, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and Melbourne University.