MICHAEL WILLIAM MURPHY is an accomplished Classical and Flamenco guitarist and in the flamenco world is known as “El Nino Miguelito”. Mr. Murphy’s primary classical instructor and mentor was Professor Terry Gaschen in Houston, Texas and in flamenco, Miguel Rodriguez, also in Houston. Mr. Murphy has also studied with some of the most important guitar masters of this century including Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Rafael Riqueni and Juan Martin.
Mr. Murphy has been a featured guest artist in performances with the Houston Civic Symphony, the USIU Quartet and was invited by Juan Serrano to be guest artist at the Fresno Guitar Festival. He has performed at the Spanish Consulate, Loyola Marymount University, the Getty Museum, Fowler Museum, Bower Museum and numerous gallery openings and special events such as Denise Brown’s Fundraiser for Women at the playboy Mansion, The Christopher Reeve Foundation, Ari and his Spanish Arabian Horses Dressage Championship Competition and was invited to play for Ruta Lee Thalian’s Group.
Mr. Murphy collaborated with acclaimed composer & UCLA Professor of Composition, Ian Krouse and with choreographer, Mari Sandoval in the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts’ production of “Yerma”. Mr. Murphy has also collaborated with the Vazquez Flamenco Dance Company.
Currently, Mr. Murphy is the principal guitar instructor for the World Music Academy in La Crescenta, CA. He can be seen regularly performing solo and alongside many of Southern California’s most notable flamenco musicians, singers and dancers.