“Jennifer Morsches plays with a fine mixture of elegance and gutsiness…”
Jennifer Morsches enjoys a vibrant freelance career as recitalist, chamber musician, continuo cellist and orchestral player in the UK, on the Continent and in her native USA. She is the principal cellist of Florilegium, with whom she has recorded numerous award-winning discs for Channel Classics Records, and with whom she performs regularly around the globe. She is also the newly appointed principal cellist of Boston Baroque. A member of the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and performing regularly with Les Siècles, she has worked with eminent artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Frans Brüggen, David Zinman and Philippe Herreweghe. Invitations to be guest principal cellist include opera productions at Het Nederlands Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and tours and recordings with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. Jennifer graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, First Group Scholar from Smith College with degrees in Music History and German Literature, and was awarded the Ernst Wallfisch Prize in Music. Subsequently she received her Master’s and Doctorate in Cello Performance as a scholarship student of Timothy Eddy at the Mannes College of Music and SUNY at Stony Brook in New York. Recipient of the CD Jackson Prize for outstanding merit and contribution at Tanglewood, she was featured on Wynton Marsalis’s educational music videos with Yo-Yo Ma. She has given world premieres of chamber music by David Matthews, Michael Wolpe and Ben Zion Orgad. She was awarded a Finzi Travel Scholarship (2012) and a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2011) to further research on the violoncello piccolo. Her first solo disc (premier recordings of works by CPE Bach and Francesco Alborea) was released in February 2014 on Barn Cottage Records with Robin Bigwood to excellent reviews.