Recipient of the 2016 Sylva Gelber Award, Canadian violist Jesse Morrison is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, studying with Kim Kashkashian. As a recent winner of the NEC Concerto Competition, Jesse will be performing Bartók’s Viola Concerto on April 5, 2017. Mr. Morrison also won the NEC Concerto Competition in 2016 and led the NEC’s Chamber Orchestra in concert, performing Britten’s Lachrymae in Boston’s prestigious Jordan Hall (2016). Jesse is an avid chamber musician, and is an alumnus of festivals such as Yellow Barn, the Banff Centre, Domaine Forget and Kneisel Hall. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Jesse received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto under Teng Li and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School under Steven Dann. An active supporter of outreach and community engagement, he is currently an intern for Music for Food, a ground-breaking organization focused on raising resources to support unprivileged communities in Boston.