CRAIG MADDEN MORRIS
Craig Morris won the position of Principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2001, assuming that post from the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth. A desire to focus more fully on his own artistic projects, however, led him to leave his position with the CSO and pursue a career as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, he has been featured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Sacramento Symphony, and the Miami Bach Society, among others. He has played in all of the world’s major concert halls and appeared as a soloist and clinician at numerous festivals and conferences around the world. In 2009 he gave the United States première of Desolation Wilderness, a trumpet concerto by the British composer Joby Talbot, under the baton of Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He is also the featured soloist on Thom Sleeper’s Concerto for Trumpet from the 2007 Naxos release, Reflections. Craig Morris is currently Professor of Trumpet and Chair of the Brass Program at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, where he devotes himself to his teaching and his career as a soloist and chamber musician.