Robert Murphy

  • Associate Director of Piano Technology
  • Curator of Historical Keyboard Instruments

Areas of Study


  • BA, Music Education, Ithaca College
  • Apprenticeships in Trumansburg, NY
  • Eric Herz Harpsichords, Boston


Robert Murphy has 25 years experience as a College and University Technician (CAUT). In this capacity, he has prepared pianos, fortepianos, and harpsichords for performances and recordings during tenures at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Michigan State University, and Cornell University. He has been in demand as a concert technician for world-renowned artists at concert venues on many other college and university campuses, as well as prominent cultural arts centers including Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Meyerson Center in Dallas, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.

Murphy has served as an instructor for the annual C.F. Theodore Steinway Technical Academy - Steinway @ Oberlin Summer Workshop since its launch in 2004, and presents at regional and national conferences as an authority on tuning, regulating and restoring fortepianos and harpsichords.

A native of Trumansburg, New York, Murphy received his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Ithaca College in 1984, and apprenticed extensively in the shops of two prominent keyboard restorers and builders—12 years with Edward Swenson (OC ’63) in Trumansburg, NY and three years with Eric Herz Harpsichords in Boston, Massachusetts.

Fall 2024

Introduction to Harpsichord Tuning and Maintenance — PROF 140

Spring 2025

Harpsichord Tuning Practicum — PROF 141