PC: Ben Murton

biography

John Murton is in his second season as the Assistant Conductor of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, where he assists Music Director Christopher Zimmerman, and leads the FSO in education concerts. He is also the Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra where his role includes assisting with the Young People’s Concert series and with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.

John has previously been a Conducting Fellow, at the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and at the Eastern Music Festival.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Oxford, John has studied with Mark Gibson, Paul Brough, and Charles Peebles. He is continuing his studies as a doctoral student at CCM, where he regularly conducts the Philharmonia and Concert orchestras.

Born and raised in London, U.K., his early musical education included extensive performance as a trumpeter and singer, culminating in a prestigious scholarship with the world-renowned Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford John studied musicology with Laurence Dreyfus, with particular focus on the development of Historically Informed Performance, and issues of modernity and internationalism in early twentieth century opera.

Prior to relocating to the United States, John’s positions included Principal Conductor of the Telford Orchestra, with whom he celebrated the orchestra’s 150thseason. He has also been Music Director of Magdalen Opera Group and Oxford Opera Society, and Founder and Music Director of the opera company Age of Anxiety. He has led critically acclaimed productions of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis at the Grimeborn Festival, and Llywelyn Ap Myrddin’s The Crocodile at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival.