On Dec. 8, Lakewold Gardens (12317 Gravelly Lake Dr., Lakewood) welcomes renowned violinist Dr. Quinton Morris for a special concert, 3-5 p.m. For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4295667 or call (253) 584-4106.
At Seattle University, Morris is associate professor of performing arts and arts leadership and director of chamber and instrumental music at Seattle University. Heenjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, educator, entrepreneur and filmmaker. He performs solo concerti/recitals and chamber music and presents lectures all over the world: the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Notable solo concerto performances are the Seattle, Thalia, Tacoma Youth, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and South Suburban Symphonies, Orchestra Seattle and the Everett Philharmonic.
Morris presented sold-out recitals in the renowned Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall for three consecutive seasons. He debuted with soprano Indra Thomas and pianist Maimy Fong in January 2011. He presented his debut solo recital with pianist Dr. Erin Chung the following year and in 2014, Morris presented his third appearance with pianist Alastair Edmonstone and hornist David Jolley.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, Morris embarked on the “BREAKTHROUGH: The Quinton Morris World Tour,” which include recitals, concertos, public lectures on entrepreneurship and master classes and community outreach projects in 22 cities on five continents. This radically new type of concert experience included a self-produced short film-music video based on the life and music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges that was a major component of each performance. Gov. Jay Inslee awarded Dr. Morris the Washington State Governor’s Arts Award for his success with BREAKTHROUGH and the film received first prize “Diamond Award” at the European Independent Film Award Festival in Paris, the bronze award at the Global Music Awards and was premiered at New York Film Week and Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festivals.
The recipient of numerous awards including the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award” for esteemed leaders and entrepreneurs in Seattle, Morris received Seattle University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Academic and Arts Faculty Award, the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, the Boston Conservatory Chamber Music Honors Competition, the Louisiana Junior Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist’s Concerto Competition. He received top honors and the “Distinguished” and “Audience Favorite” prizes at the Ibla International Recital Competition in Sicily, Italy in 2010.
Founder and artistic director of The Young Eight String Octet, Morris performed chamber music recitals across the country for eleven seasons. America’s only string octet was composed of distinguished string players that hailed from the nation’s most prestigious music schools and conservatories. The octet performed in New York City at York College’s Distinguished Artists Chamber Music Series, The Juilliard School, Music Mondays Chamber Music Series and a host of educational school residencies and appeared at several chamber music societies and series including the Jewel Box Chamber Music Series at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, the Young Artists Afternoon Concert Series at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the Chamber Music Guild in Raleigh, University of Washington World Series and Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and the University of Texas at Austin. The Young Eight received honors for Seattle performances from the King County Executive Council and Seattle Weekly (Best New Chamber Music Group for 2005).In 2007, it celebrated its fifth anniversary with a national Black College Tour and hosted an Emerging Composers Competition for Young Composers. The Young Eight octet retired in 2012.
For more information, visit his website at www.quintonmorris.org.