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Murray Khouri was born in Wellington New Zealand, and played the clarinet professionally for the first time as a 16 year old school-boy with the then National Orchestra in broadcasts of the Sibelius Symphonies.

Two years later he arrived in London to study at the Royal College of Music, soon afterwards making his debut as a soloist at the Wigmore Hall in Matyas Seiber's Clarinet Concertino.
Three years later he became first clarinet in the Royal Ballet Orchestra before returning to New Zealand as principal in the NZBC Concert Orchestra later transferring to the NZBC Symphony.

The call of London proved too strong so it was back into the enormous pool of London Orchestras playing between the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras under a galaxy of great conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Pierre Boulez, Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Adrian Boult, Rudolf Kempe, Erich Leinsdorf, Carlo Maria Giulini, Jascha Horenstein, & Eugen Jochum

By the mid Seventies Khouri's solo and chamber career had taken off. He spent fifteen years based in Australia, forming two groups, the Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Australia Ensemble, touring all over the world with the latter. He also played concertos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony.

He toured the USA several times, appearing as a soloist both there and throughout Europe. A BBC World Broadcast attracted a global audience of 20 million listeners. Murray was also artistic director of the Danish Chamber Players and a regular recitalist.

Murray Khouri is now again based in the UK, undertaking a busy schedule of engagements both here and overseas.


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