Corinne Morris

Corinne Morris

Corinne Morris

Corinne's comeback story has inspired many in the music industry and beyond. The British/French cellist has recorded her debut concertos album with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.


    Returning to the platform after a debilitating shoulder injury that brought her career to a halt for more than five years, British/French cellist Corinne Morris self-published an album Macedonian Sessions (with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra) that was described as 'a triumphant assertion' by Classical Music magazine. Her return to a high level of performing was all the more remarkable given the nature of the condition but perhaps, given her early acclaim up until that point, to be expected from a clearly quite remarkable musician (one with music in her genes — her pianist-ancestor Wilhelm Kloss was teacher to the Prince of Saxe-Coburg’s children, and had played for Queen Victoria).

    Having been a prize-winner of the Maria Canals International Cello Competition in Spain, and at the International French Music Competition in Paris, Corinne was chosen by Mstislav Rostropovich to perform at his festival in Evian (where he affectionately nicknamed her 'Corinotchka'). When she took part in one of his masterclasses, she recalls, he applauded her playing, embraced her and simply said, 'I have nothing to say!' But, she says, she learnt from Rostropovich the fascinating idea that one should first imagine the sound-world one needs to conjure, and then work out the technique to do it, rather than the other way around. Another early and regular presence in her career was Paul Tortelier, introduced by her teacher Raphael Sommer. At their first session, Tortelier, whom Sommer had warned her could be very severe, started by extensively praising the then-teenager's technique. 'But…!' he continued, and there started a learning relationship that lasted until the end of Tortelier’s life.

    At age 16, she obtained an ARCM with honours (Royal College of Music, London) and continued her training at the prestigious Conservatoire in Paris where she graduated with a first prize in both cello and chamber music. She then completed a postgraduate solo cello performing degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.

    She was also invited to perform and take part in the Verbier Academy in Switzerland, as well as the International Cello Festival in Kronberg in Germany. Corinne has appeared throughout Europe and beyond, including in chamber music performances with Schlomo Mintz at the Jerusalem Conservatory. She has made several recordings for France Musique, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany) and ORF (Austria). Her BBC debut recital was broadcast on Radio 3, and she is on their list of solo artists for Radio 3 programmes.

    Corinne's comeback story has inspired many in the music industry and beyond. She has been featured in publications including The Times, Gramophone, International Arts Manager, Classical Music and Australia’s Limelight magazine. Corinne was also featured on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. She has recently given highly successful London recitals at St Martin in the Fields, Fairfield Halls and Blackheath Halls. The composer Nimrod Borenstein is currently writing a concerto for her, which she plans to record in the near future. Corinne plays a cello by C. A. Miremont dated 1876 on loan to her by a private investor.