Summer 2017 Artists
Recipient of the 2016 Sylva Gelber Award, Canadian violist Jesse Morrison recently earned a Masters degree at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, studying with Kim Kashkashian. As a recent winner of the NEC Concerto Competition, Jesse performed Bartók's Viola Concerto in April 2017. Mr. Morrison also won the NEC Concerto Competition in 2016 and led the NEC’s Chamber Orchestra in concert, performing Britten's Lachrymae in Boston’s prestigious Jordan Hall (2016).
Jesse is an avid chamber musician, and is an alumnus of festivals such as Yellow Barn, the Banff Centre, Domaine Forget and Kneisel Hall. He was a member of the Neruda String Quartet in 2015-16, which won the chamber music competition at NEC, resulting in a debut recital in Jordan Hall. Additionally, from 2011-2015, he was the violist in the Arkadas String Quartet, a Toronto-based ensemble which won the Felix Galimir Award at the University of Toronto.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Jesse received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto under Teng Li and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School under Steven Dann. He has collaborated with artists such as David Alberman, Lucy Chapman, Jonathan Crow, Pekka Kuusisto, Kim Kashkashian, Joel Krosnick, Laurence Lesser and members of the Amici Chamber Ensemble, Borromeo String Quartet and Boston Trio. As an orchestral musician, he regularly serves as substitute violist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company, and is an alumnus of the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
An active supporter of outreach and community engagement, he is currently an intern for Music for Food, a ground-breaking organization focused on raising resources to support unprivileged communities in Boston.