Assistant Principal Cello
Gay Su Pinnell Chair
Cellist Wendy Morton is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, where she studied with Orlando Cole. She also studied with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory. Other mentors include Karen Tuttle, Felix Galimir, Joseph Gingold, Mischa Schneider, and Isador Cohen.
Wendy has been the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 1996. She is also a member of UCelli: The Columbus Cello Quartet (UCelli.org). This group of four cellists frequently performs in and around Columbus and holds an annual cello camp. Wendy always has been active in teaching and performing chamber music and was one of the founding members of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. Wendy and the quartet have three recordings on the Naxos Records label, and in 2008, the quartet had the honor of performing a movement of the Schubert Cello Quintet as an encore with Yo-Yo Ma at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus.
Wendy also has performed with the Pushkin Ensemble and Quattro Corde and was a member of the Duvall Trio. She has performed in a chamber music setting with such notable musicians as Nobuko Imai, Julius Levine, Ann Schein, Gerard Poulet, and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She previously performed with the Telluride Chamber Players and was featured at the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME. Ms. Morton has been on faculty of numerous music festivals, including the Marble Cliff Chamber Players based in Columbus, OH and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC for seven summers.
Wendy has performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet, and opera orchestras and the symphony orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music. She also has performed with the Inverness Festival Orchestra and has toured the east coast with Alexander Schneider, including performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
In Columbus, she has held faculty positions at Capital University and Ohio Wesleyan University. Wendy is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she studied with the matriarch of cello pedagogy, Margaret Rowell. Wendy plays on a JB Gabrielli cello circa 1764.