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About Corinne Morris

Cellist Corinne Morris had a promising career interrupted by injury, but has mounted a strong comeback despite predictions that she would never play again.

Morris was born in Britain, but studied partly in France, and she was influenced by French musicians: she told the Cross-Eyed Pianist that recordings of pianist Samson François fascinated her when she was only two. Morris took up the cello at eight, and she chose her career after hearing a performance by French cellist Paul Tortelier at London's Royal Festival Hall when she was 11. After the concert, she climbed onto the stage and sat in the cellist's chair, dreaming of her own future. Morris graduated with an honors degree from the Royal College of Music in London when she was 16, moving on to the Paris Conservatoire and earning first prizes there in both cello and chamber music. She rounded off her education with a cello performance postgraduate degree from Vienna's University of Music. Her teachers included Tortelier, Mstislav Rostropovich, André Navarra, Bernard Greenhouse, and Ralph Kirshbaum.

Morris' career was off to a promising start, with prizes at the Maria Canals International Cello Competition in Spain and the International French Music Competition in Paris. Rostropovich proved a strong backer in exposing Morris on the concert scene; he invited her to perform at France's Verbier Festival and the International Cello Festival in Kronberg, Germany. She toured Europe and the Far East and appeared with Shlomo Mintz in Israel. A Morris recital was broadcast on the BBC 3 radio network, a typical stepping stone to a strong British career, but soon after that Morris began to suffer from debilitating shoulder pain that made it impossible for her to play. With no source of income, she was forced to sell her cello. But Morris did not give up: she sought treatment from a sports medicine practitioner and gradually worked her way back to health. After a five-year layoff, Morris began giving concerto performances and issued a recording, The Macedonian Sessions, with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The album featured a composition by Morris herself. Morris returned in 2017 with Chrysalis, an album of Baroque and early Classical concertos recorded with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. ~ James Manheim