William Murray is a graduate of Adelphi University in New York and has studied language at Universita Perugia, Yale University and the Goethe Institute. He studied voice with Mme Karin Branzell in New York, Luigi Ricci and Giuseppe Bertelli in Italy and with Hertha Kalcher in Germany. He also worked entensively with Prof. Carl Orff in Munchen. He made his professional debut in Italy at the Teatro Spiimentale, Spolete in Segreto di Susanna as Conte Gil and in Germany at the Landestheater Detmold in Tosca as Scarpia.
He was awarded a Fullbright scholarship to study at the Rome Opera School in Rome, Italy, 1956-1957. He was awarded the honorary title of Kammersaenger by the Berlin Senate in January 1980 for exceptional artistic accomplishments.
William Murray sung at the Vienna State Opera (Don Giovanni, Tannhauser); The Bavarian State Opera, National Theater Munich (Rigoletto, Don Carlos, La Traviata, Orff's Prometheus); Geneva and Hamburg (Rigoletto); Bonn and Marseille (Meistersinger); Amsterdam (Rigoletto, Ulisse); Japan (Don Giovanni); Teatro Bellini Cantania (Ernani) and La Scala Milan (the Italian premier of Ulisse by Dallapiccola).
At the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, he has sung in over twenty new productions, including Rigoletto, Don Carlos, La Gioconda, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, and Die Meistersinger. He has sung with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Guiseppe Sinopoli, Heinrich Hollreiser, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and Christoph Eschenbach. It has been his fortune to work with many composers personallyon their works including Frances Burt, Isang Yun, Marcel Mihalovici, Stephen Burton, Luigi Dallopicola, Nicolas Nabakov, Hans Werner Henze and Carl Orff, the latter of whom mentions him in his autobiography.
He has been soloist with the Berlin Philharmoniker, Muenchner Philharmoniker, Stuttgart Philharmoniker, Orchester der Deutsschen Oper Berlin, SOB Symphonisches Orcherter Berlin, Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Bach Chor der Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedaechnis Kirche, Buffalo Symphony and Syracuse Symphony with Christopher Keene.
In 1987 he began combining his professional contacts with teaching at the Music Conservatory in Berlin and joined the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music in 1992.