"Nicole Murphy’s Temple Bell was an exquisite place to start; voices integrated seamlessly into the musical texture, with words coming after, all building to delicate denouement"
- Sydney Morning Herald
"Murphy’s Stolen—a 2014 work full of exhilarating tension - was a real highpoint in an evening of highpoints"
- Allan Sherrod - Arts Knoxville
"Murphy’s Spinning Top proved to be all charm and brilliance as she showed a keen ear for engaging sonorities."
- Rodney Smith, Adelaide Advertiser
Australian composer Nicole Murphy’s music has been described as “exquisite, sensitive and delicate”. She is the recipient of various awards, including the ICEBERG International Call for Scores (2017), Nief Norf International Call for Scores (2016), the MAFB International Commissioning Prize (2015), the Theodore Front International Orchestral Prize (2013), and the Definiens C3 International Composer’s Award (2011). She was chosen as the young composer to represent Australia at the 30th Asian Composers League Festival in Tel Aviv (2012). Recently, Nicole was selected as one of six composers to work with Steve Reich in Toronto (2016) as a part of Soundstreams celebrations of his 80th birthday.
Nicole has been commissioned by eminent arts organisations including the Australian Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance (London), Experiments in Opera/Symphony Space (New York), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Wild Rumpus (San Francisco), Chamber Sounds (Singapore), and the Definiens Project (Los Angeles). Her music has been performed by ensembles such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, NOWensemble (New York), Ars Nova (Dallas), and Halcyon (Sydney). She has received performances at numerous festivals including the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut), the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, the Nief Norf Festival (Tennessee) and the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine).
Nicole is represented as an Associate Artist by the Australian Music Centre and holds the position of Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries. She is the inaugural recipient of the Australia Ensemble's Emerging Composer Fellowship (2018). Her music is published by Wirripang and Nicole holds a PhD from the University of Queensland.