Jesse Morrison - Viola

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Violist Jesse Morrison is currently a freelance musician based in Toronto. He recently graduated with a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, studying with Kim Kashkashian. During his time at NEC, Jesse was the winner of the NEC Concerto Competition in 2017 with the Bartók Viola Concerto and the Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2016 with Britten's Lachrymae. Recipient of the 2016 Sylva Gelber Award, Mr. Morrison is an avid chamber musician and is an alumnus of festivals such as Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, the Banff Centre and Domaine Forget. 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. An active supporter of outreach and community engagement, Jesse was an intern for Music for Food (2015-17), a ground-breaking organization focused on raising resources to support unprivileged communities in Boston.