A versatile cellist, Ginger Murphy can be heard backing artists on more than 200 records and counting. She has played on many film soundtracks and TV scores-- notably, listen for the lone crying cello during sad scenes of "The Young and the Restless." She also can be seen regularly backing contestants on TV shows such as "The Voice" and "American Idol". Touring extensively throughout the world, she has performed in some of the finest concert halls in the U.S., Europe and Japan with various ensembles. In 2011, she toured as Josh Groban's solo cellist in the "Straight to You" tour and continues to perform and record with him today. She performs regularly with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and subs in many other local symphonic orchestras. She has been a member of many local groups including the Ultra-Kinetic Orchestra (a pop instrumental, improvisatory group made up of LA session musicians), the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, Pablo Motta's Los Angeles Tango Ensemble, and The Immaculate Conception, a Latin pop fusion group lead by Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli.
Of all her professional musical work, she enjoys most of all arranging, composing, recording and performing with her husband, drummer/singer/composer, Stevo Théard. Together they have formed the Sun Soul Orchestra, a spirited ensemble featuring a string quartet, vocalists, and instrumentalists playing originals and arrangements of soul music.
Ms. Murphy has contracted orchestras for live concerts for Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Barry Manilow, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Video Games Live, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Michael W. Smith, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jackie Evancho, and Idina Menzel.
Born and raised in suburban Chicago, Ginger Murphy began studying cello and piano at age 9. She graduated Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, studying with Hans Jorgen Jensen. Highlights during her schooling included: playing in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under the baton of Michael Morgan; touring with the Chicago Youth Symphony and a string quartet throughout Italy, France, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland; and spending a summer performing with the All American College Orchestra at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Performing in the Disney big band orchestra spawned her love for playing alternative styles-- pop, jazz, broadway, and cinematic music-- which ultimately influenced her decision to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a studio musician. She is grateful to her parents for exposing her to the arts and to the Chicago public schools, which offered orchestral music programs; and therefore she feels the need to give back-- to inspire and educate the next generation. She maintains a studio in Los Angeles where she teaches private cello lessons. In addition to music, she has many other interests including salsa dancing, swimming, scuba diving, cooking, writing, reading novels in Spanish, and traveling to faraway places.