Hajime Teri Murai
Music Director Laureate
Hajime Teri Murai was appointed in 1991 as the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Director of Orchestral Activities and serves as the Music Director of the Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras. This endowed position was established in the summer of 1990 as a result of a significant leadership gift to the Peabody Endowment Fund from the Blaustein-Rosenberg-Thalheimer Family Group in memory of Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg. Mr. Murai is currently retired from active teaching and will hold the title of Music Directory Laureate beginning the 2017-18 season.
Mr. Murai has made guest conducting appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Florida Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Indiana Chamber Orchestra, the Diablo Music Festival, and the Summer Opera Theatre Company of Washington, D.C. He served on the faculty of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, from 1976-1991, and was Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1979-1991.
Mr. Murai has been awarded eleven ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, including six awards with the Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras. In addition to premiering many new works, Mr. Murai gave the first performance in English of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.13, “Babi Yar” (translation by Dr. Robert Evans). In 1987, he was a semi-finalist in the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition.
Mr. Murai was born in San Francisco and began his conducting studies while attending Lowell High School. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied with Ronald Ondrejka. He attended the California Institute of the Arts to study with Gerhard Samuel, and has also worked with Richard Lert.