Biographies - 5.12.2022

Benjamin Morrison

Benjamin Morrison was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1986 and moved to Austria in 2007. Morrison is a first violin member of the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna and a member of the Vienna State Opera.

He began his studies with Professor Stephen Larsen, winning local and national competitions such as the New Zealand Chamber Music Competition in 2003 and the National Concerto Competition in 2004. In 2006 Morrison moved to Wellington to study with the New Zealand Symphony's Concertmaster, Vesa Matti-Leppänen, gaining orchestral experience in The New Zealand Symphony as well holding the position of The National Youth Orchestra's Concertmaster.

In 2007 Morrison moved to Graz, Austria to continue his studies in violin performance with Professor Yair Kless and Chamber music with Professor Stefan Goerner at the Music University of Graz. Morrison performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member on all continents. He toured Japan in 2018 with his quartet, the Nicolai Quartet where they also released their first CD of Beethoven's Razumovsky String Quartets. Morrison has given various solo concerts with orchestras in south-east Asia and New Zealand as well as masterclasses in Asia, Europe and New Zealand. Benjamin has two instruments as his main performing instruments, one made by his father, David Morrison in 2006 and a Gagliano made in 1770.

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