Artist Biography

Steffan Morris

Cello

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Welsh cellist Steffan Morris is quickly making a name for himself as one of the finest cellists of his generation. Much in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral player, he enjoys a very varied career.

In 2010, Steffan moved to Vienna to study the cello under the prestigious tutor Professor Heinrich Schiff at the University of Music and Performing Arts. He is the youngest ever guest principal cello with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and has also been guest principal cello with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Welsh cellist Steffan Morris is quickly making a name for himself as one of the finest cellists of his generation. Much in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral player, he enjoys a very varied career.

At 13 years old, Steffan started studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey with distinguished cellist, Thomas Carroll. While a student there he performed as a soloist at many notable venues such as St David’s Hall and Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

At 17 years old, Steffan won the Texaco Young Musician of Wales.

In 2010, Steffan moved to Vienna to study the cello under the prestigious tutor Professor Heinrich Schiff at the University of Music and Performing Arts. He is the youngest ever guest principal cello with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and has also been guest principal cello with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

As a soloist Steffan has performed with Sinfonia Cymru, The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, The Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.  His concert and recital engagements have taken him to Japan, Holland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Austria.

Steffan is Artistic Director of the Nidum Ensemble - a dynamic, diverse and innovative group of young professional musicians who are passionate about bringing chamber music to audiences across the UK. He is also a member of the Marmen Quartet, a group that has enjoyed collaborations with Ensemble 360 and the Sacconi Quartet, a two week residency with Aldeburgh Music and live appearances on ‘Swedish Radio’ and ‘BBC In Tune’. 2016/17 will see recitals across the UK and a reprise of last season’s exhilarating performance of the Mendelssohn Octet together with the Sacconi Quartet.

Steffan lives in London and is a professor at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Nidum Ensemble: www.nidumensemble.com
Marmen Quartet: www.marmenquartet.com


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DateDetails
23/09/2017

Concert: Robat Arwyn's Journey
North Wales International Music Festival
Soloists: Steffan Morris, Rhys Meirion, Rhuthun Choir
St Asaph's Cathedral, Wales. 19:30

1. Recital Programme Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 in G Major BWV 1007, J.S. Bach; Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Brahms; Variations on a Theme of Rossini, Martinů; Cello Sonata in A Major, Franck
2. Recital Programme Cello Sonata, Debussy; Fantasy Pieces/ Fantasiestücke, Op.73, Schumann; Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65, Chopin
3. Unaccompanied Cello Recital Programme Cello Suite No.1 in G Major BWV 1007, Bach; Sonata for Solo Cello, Crumb; Sonata for Solo Cello Op.8, Kodály
4. Recital on a Viennese theme Cello Sonata No.3 in A Major, Op.69, Beethoven; Arpeggione Sonata D.821, Schubert; Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op.99, Brahms
5. Recital on a Russian theme Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40, Shostakovich; Cello Sonata in C Major, Op.119, Prokofiev; Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19, Rachmaninov
Bach Cello Suites (BWV 1007-1010)
Bach Gamba Sonata in G Major, No.1, BWV 1027
Beethoven Cello Sonata No.1 in F Major, Op.5
Beethoven Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5
Beethoven Cello Sonata No.3 in A Major, Op.69
Brahms Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor
Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op. 99
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op.47
Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65
Crumb Sonata for Solo Cello
Debussy Cello Sonata
Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Fauré Après un Rêve
Fauré Élégie, Op.24
Franck Cello Sonata in A Major
Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major
Haydn Cello Concerto No.2 in D Major, Op. 101
Kodály Sonata in B minor for Solo Cello, Op.8
Ligeti Sonata for Solo Cello
Martinů Variations on a Theme of Rossini
Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C Major, Op.119
Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 33
Saint-Saëns Allegro Appasionato, Op.43 (The Swan)
Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Schumann Fantasy Pieces/ Fantasiestücke, Op.73
Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op.70
Shostakovich Cello Concerto in Eb Major, Op. 107, No.1
Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40
Tchaikovsky The Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
1. Recital Programme
Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 in G Major BWV 1007, J.S. Bach; Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Brahms; Variations on a Theme of Rossini, Martinů; Cello Sonata in A Major, Franck
2. Recital Programme
Cello Sonata, Debussy; Fantasy Pieces/ Fantasiestücke, Op.73, Schumann; Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65, Chopin
3. Unaccompanied Cello Recital Programme
Cello Suite No.1 in G Major BWV 1007, Bach; Sonata for Solo Cello, Crumb; Sonata for Solo Cello Op.8, Kodály
4. Recital on a Viennese theme
Cello Sonata No.3 in A Major, Op.69, Beethoven; Arpeggione Sonata D.821, Schubert; Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op.99, Brahms
5. Recital on a Russian theme
Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40, Shostakovich; Cello Sonata in C Major, Op.119, Prokofiev; Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19, Rachmaninov
Bach
Cello Suites (BWV 1007-1010)
Bach
Gamba Sonata in G Major, No.1, BWV 1027
Beethoven
Cello Sonata No.1 in F Major, Op.5
Beethoven
Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5
Beethoven
Cello Sonata No.3 in A Major, Op.69
Brahms
Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor
Brahms
Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op. 99
Bruch
Kol Nidrei, Op.47
Chopin
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65
Crumb
Sonata for Solo Cello
Debussy
Cello Sonata
Dvořák
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Fauré
Après un Rêve
Fauré
Élégie, Op.24
Franck
Cello Sonata in A Major
Haydn
Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major
Haydn
Cello Concerto No.2 in D Major, Op. 101
Kodály
Sonata in B minor for Solo Cello, Op.8
Ligeti
Sonata for Solo Cello
Martinů
Variations on a Theme of Rossini
Prokofiev
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op.119
Rachmaninov
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19
Saint-Saëns
Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 33
Saint-Saëns
Allegro Appasionato, Op.43 (The Swan)
Schumann
Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Schumann
Fantasy Pieces/ Fantasiestücke, Op.73
Schumann
Adagio and Allegro, Op.70
Shostakovich
Cello Concerto in Eb Major, Op. 107, No.1
Shostakovich
Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40
Tchaikovsky
The Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Concerts / Recitals

Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra's 35th Anniversary Concert at St David's Hall, Cardiff.
South Wales Argus
... a wonderful interpretation of Elgar's Cello Concerto, brilliantly played by the soloist Stefan Morris. The dramatic opening, so familiar, but always gripping, the next soulful theme in compound triple time, in a minor key, sympathetic orchestral accompaniment giving the soloist a great platform to demonstrate his superb mastery of the cello. Wonderful music.

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