PC: Ben Murton


A graduate of Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, John Murton is an orchestral conductor, currently based in Washington D.C.

Born and raised in London, U.K., his early musical education included extensive performance as a trumpeter and singer, culminating in a prestigious choral scholarship with the world-renowned Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford he developed his passion for conducting, leading numerous opera productions and orchestral concerts.

In November 2010 John guest conducted the Telford Orchestra and was subsequently invited to become the orchestra’s permanent conductor. During his tenure he devised a number of innovative concerts, as well as commissioning works from young composers, and leading events that marked the orchestra's 150th anniversary.

He has led productions of Viktor Ullmann's 1943 chamber opera The Emperor of Atlantis as part of London's Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre, and of Llywelyn Ap Myrddin’s opera The Crocodile as part of the Tête à Tête opera festival at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.

John relocated to the United States in 2014 to study at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music with Mark Gibson. John was a conducting fellow with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra for the 2016-2017 Season, and the 2017 Eastern Music Festival. In 2017 he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.