Violist Morgan O’Shaughnessey is an active, diverse, high-energy young musician. A curious performer of many passions and pursuits, his current 20-year musical background and training includes classical viola, Celtic and Quebecois fiddle, Renaissance viol, Chinese Arhu, traditional Scottish bagpipes, bluegrass banjo, bassoon, Brazilian Choros, American Jazz, electronica, computer music, pops-industry composition/arranging, Alexander Technique, and stringed instrument repair. He recently performed on RAI Radio 3 for the President of the Italian Republic at Palazzo Quirinale in Rome. He has performed three solo recitals at Teatro la Fenice on special invitation of the Cini Foundation and the City of Venice. Morgan has appeared in articles in Rolling Stone and The New York Times for his 2011-2015 eclectic performances on bagpipes and electric fiddle at Outside Lands with visual artist Mike Shine of “Dr. Flotsam’s Carny Bastards.”
Morgan holds a BM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During his studies with Professor Jodi Levitz he completed nearly all advanced placement coursework available, received a viola department award for excellence in 2009, was invited to give the undergraduate commencement speech, and was a constant feature in many student collaborations. Previously, he had attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan where he graduated with honors in 2007. Morgan currently studies with Leszek Brodowsky in Zakopane, Poland.
Morgan performs regularly with the Delgani String Quartet, the O’Shaughnessey/Tchorzewski Duo, the Rogue Valley Symphony, the RVSO Chamber Players, Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, Opera Parallele, and several local Celtic bands. He gives regular individual and group coaching sessions to middle and high school orchestras, which are made possible by a generous school music grants. A fiddle player by night, he frequently enjoys jam sessions with fine local musicians at Paddy Brannan’s, the Black Sheep, and the Playwright in Ashland, OR. In addition, he is the resident session string artist at RadioStar Records and is the office manager, salesman, and minor repairs technician at the Bellwood Violin Shop.
Morgan performs on a viola by Vincenzo Cavani di Spilamberto c.1953 (an acquisition made possible through generous funding from sponsors, friends, and family), a violin bow and a viola bow by Portland bowmaker Darrel Hanks, and a 7-string electronic viola by John Jordan. Morgan commissioned the instrument from Jordan after borrowing an electronic violin for a performance of John Adam’s concerto, “The Dharma at Big Sur.”
Morgan has participated in the MasterWorks, Interlochen, Valley of the Moon, and Zephyr summer festivals. He has performed with Jorja Fleezanis, Frederica von Stade, and Alasdair Frasier. He has also performed in master-classes for Bobby Mann, Kronos Quartet, Chen Yi, and the Turtle Island String Quartet. His major teachers have been Karen Davy, David Holland, and Jodi Levitz.