Benjamin Morrison – Violine
Benjamin is a first violin member of the Vienna Philharmonic and is a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra since 2014.
Born (in 1986) and raised in New Zealand, Benjamin studied in with Professor Stephen Larsen from the age of 7, culminating in winning the national concerto competition at age 17. In 2006 he continued his Tertiary studies with the New Zealand Symphony’s Concertmaster, Vesa Matti-Leppänen and in the same year won the New Zealand School of Music’s Concerto Competition. In the winter of 2006, Benjamin was the concertmaster for the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, a position he held for two more years (2008, 2009).
In 2007, Benjamin won first prize in both recital and concerto categories of the Rotorua National Music Competitions.
In September of the same year, he moved to Graz, Austria to study with Professor Yair Kless at the Music University of Graz.
In Austria Benjamin has built a career as a soloist and Chamber Musician, as well as leading many Chamber and Orchestral ensembles. He has been a Prize winner in Austrian National Competitions such as “Martha Debelli” and “Gradus ad Pernasum” as well as being a prize winner in international competitions such as The Michael Hill International Violin Competition (2011) and the International Brahms Competition (2013).
In 2010 he was awarded a Prize from the city of Graz for outstanding achievement in the arts, and in the same year was a prize winner at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg. His piano Trio, the Morrison Piano Trio, has enjoyed much success in competitions and has performed in various venues around the world.
Benjamin’s most recent engagement saw him performing Shostakovich’s first Violin Concerto with the Color Philharmonic in Tokyo, Japan. In December 2016 he performed with the Nikolai String Quartet at the Kennedy Center in New York.
Benjamin has two instruments as his main performing instruments, one made by his father, David Morrison in 2006 and a Gagliano made in 1770.