Charles Morey

Charles Morey was born in Fayetteville, West Virginia and began playing the violin when he was two years old. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the River Cities Symphony Orchestra, Seneca Chamber Orchestra, Marshall University Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Orchestra, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In February 2011 he made his Kennedy Center debut performing his own composition, “Images,” for violin and piano As concertmaster, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, CIM Orchestra, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra, Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and the Solon Philharmonic. Also a composer, in 2005 he performed his own set of variations on the tune “Wondrous Love” with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, with an orchestral accompaniment by Maestro Grant Cooper. He has soloed with the WVSO four times, including one appearance as conductor, a result of the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship. He recently performed his composition, “Images,” at the Kennedy Center.

In the Spring of 2009, Mr. Morey won the Cleveland Institute of Music's concerto competition, performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto. He was also a prize winner in the 2009 Annual Milhaud Performance Prize Competition. A recipient of the Bock scholarship, he was chosen last summer as one of two violinists to study in the orchestra leadership program at the Music Academy of the West with Jeffrey Thayer. Recent honors include a collaboration with the acclaimed composer Augusta Read Thomas, and a solo performance for Bronislaw Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland. He is currently a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and holds the Leon Lazarev Concertmaster Chair of the Solon Philharmonic.

Mr. Morey is founder of the CODA Mountain Academy of Music, a summer music program in Appalachia. He frequently composes pieces for student ensembles, which have been premiered by CODA students and students of the Cleveland School of the Arts. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in violin performance from CIM where he was a student of William Preucil.

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