Morris Receives 2016 Governor's Arts & Heritage Award

Written by Laura Paskin
September 6, 2016

Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Arts Commission awarded the Young Arts Leader Award to Music Professor Quinton Morris, violinist, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the arts and cultural traditions of Washington state. The award, which will be presented in November, is one of five 2016 Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards given to individuals and organizations and is among the most prestigious awards conferred by the governor.

Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, educator, entrepreneur, and, most recently, filmmaker. Earlier this year, he went on an international tour featuring concerts, teaching, and screening of his film, "The Breakthrough.” "The Breakthrough" celebrates 270th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Boulogne (better known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges). Morris, who directed and stars in the film, tells a modernized story of the celebrated athlete, concert violinist, and composer through his performance of Saint-Georges's Sonata No. 3 in G Minor. The film received the Bronze Award at the Global Music Awards in Los Angeles and was screened through the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival.

Morris has taught violin and chamber music master classes throughout the state of Washington and performs and lectures all over the world. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 and received a Mayor’s Art Award from Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn that same year. In addition, he has received numerous honors and awards including the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award” for esteemed leaders and entrepreneurs in Seattle and the Seattle University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Academic and Arts Faculty Award. He received top honors and the “Distinguished” and “Audience Favorite” prizes at the IBLA International Recital Competition in Sicily, Italy in 2010.

Morris earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2007 and directs the Chamber and Instrumental Music Program. He also serves on the summer faculties for the Evergreen and Summit Music Festivals and a board member of Artist Trust and his own foundation, the Quinton Morris Project.