about the founder


Born in Missouri in 1990

Founder of Murphy Music Academy, Tobiah Murphy, has been involved in classical music since almost before he learned to speak. With grandparents as professional musicians, he was introduced at the tender age of 2 to great performances of chamber music and orchestras, his parents often taking him to concerts where, to the great surprise of those running the event, he sat quietly and listened. At the age of 6 he started playing music himself, beginning his studies in the violin at the local Suzuki School in Joplin, MO. He progressed as normally as any other child did in the program, with no intention of pursuing music beyond high-school. This all changed, however, upon viewing the PBS Great Performances documentary “The Art of the Violin”, directed by Bruno Monsaingeon. Being introduced to the true power and beauty of the violin, he began practicing relentlessly, jumping in progress from Suzuki Book 6 to learning and performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto (the first piece featured in the documentary) in the space of 2 years. He continued learning and performing serious repertoire during his high-school days, culminating in a solo performance with the Kansas City Symphony after winning 1st prize at their Young Artist Competition.

Tobiah Murphy received his BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, his MM from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory, and his Specialist Degree in Performance from the University of Michigan’s Conservatory. He has been developing his thoughts and philosophy on music schools, proper music and performance education, and a structured format of teaching since his time in Cleveland. He is currently a member of the Tulsa Symphony in Oklahoma, and the City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra.

He currently lives, studies, and practices in Ypsilanti, MI.