Charles Morey was born in Fayetteville, West Virginia and began playing the violin at the age of two. Leading a diverse musical life as violinist, composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher, he concertizes extensively throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia, in such halls as Musikverein, La Scala, the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall, and Carnegie Hall. 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 the Spring of 2009, Mr. Morey won CIM's concerto competition, performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 2. He was also a prize winner in the 2009 Annual Milhaud Performance Prize Competition.
As concertmaster, he has performed with orchestras such as the San Antonio Symphony, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra. Also a composer, in February 2011 he made his Kennedy Center debut performing his own composition, “Images,” for violin and piano. He has also performed his own set of variations on the tune “Wondrous Love” with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, with an orchestral accompaniment by Artistic Director Grant Cooper.
Mr. Morey received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of William Preucil. A recipient of the Bock scholarship, he was chosen in 2010 to study in an orchestra leadership program at the Music Academy of the West under San Diego Symphony concertmaster Jeffrey Thayer.
He is currently a member of the first violin section of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and is also a frequent substitute violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra. Previously held positions include concertmaster of the Ashland Symphony, Solon Philharmonic, Suburban Symphony, and section positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent honors include a collaboration with composer Augusta Read Thomas, world premiere of "Three Short Pictures for Violin and Piano" by Dolores White, and a duo performance for Bronislaw Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland.
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