Butler University Professor of Music David Murray has been awarded the International Society of Bassists’s 2017 Special Recognition Award for Solo Performance, which goes to a person “who has contributed special skills, knowledge, projects, and other such positive works in the furthering of ISB ideals.”
The award is given every two years by the organization, which represents nearly 3,000 members in more than 40 countries. Murray has been on the board for several years—he’s currently secretary—and is a Past President.
“I am totally shocked, humbled, and honored—and inspired to keep working harder and doing more,” he said.
Murray, who has an international reputation as a solo bassist and teacher, has taught at Butler since 1997. In addition, he is Principal Bassist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also plays as Principal Bassist with Sinfonia da Camera in Urbana, Illinois, and at the Bear Valley Music Festival in northern California.
He has recorded three solo CDs (most recently in 2012) and a duo CD with bassist Diana Gannett, and is a founding member of the bass quartet Bad Boys of Bass, with whom he released a CD in 2006. He also released a DVD of theater music in spring 2003.
“David takes his place as part of an elite group of performers that have received this honor,” ISB General Manager Madeleine Crouch said. “We are very proud that he is being honored with the award in 2017.”