Christophe - profile

Christophe Morin

cello
INTERVIEW

When and where was your first concert with the MCO? My first experience with the MCO was in February 2010, with Maestro Daniel Harding on a tour from Austria to Spain, playing Beethoven’s third symphony.

What’s the best thing about playing with the MCO? The best thing for me is feeling that all the musicians share exactly the same vision of playing music. That creates a wonderful, humane and artistic exchange among the musicians!

What is your most memorable moment with the orchestra? Performing the four symphonies of Brahms on an Asian tour with Maestro Daniel Harding in 2011. I started to understand and to feel how amazing it is to play with this orchestra.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult thing in this job is to always keep eyes and ears open, and also to be concentrated all the time. Perfection doesn't exist in music, we can always be better!

What is the best thing about being a musician? We can share so much! Especially on tours we feel how important it is to bring music everywhere.

BIOGRAPHY

Brilliant technique and remarkable sound characterize French cellist Christophe Morin. He is an avid chamber music player and performs both as a soloist and as an orchestra musician. His chamber music partners include internationally renowned soloists like Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros and Nicholas Angelich.

Christophe studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris where he won several first prizes for cello and chamber music. He also attended masterclasses with Janos Starker, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo Yo Ma. His career then unexpectedly slowed down because of a physical problem with his left hand that prevented him from performing live for many years.

The problem resolved itself in 2010, but he was not deterred from developing his exceptional technique even during the years he could not perform live. In fact, his maturity and desire to play allowed him to evolve even further and to become the cellist he is today. Curious and passionate, Christophe is co-founder and Artistic Director of the yearly chamber music festival Printemps Musical en Ré.