Victor Morrison is a multi-artist, being a musician and composer, who also works in the disciplines of visual arts and poetry. He has been composing music since his early twenties, initially in Indie Rock and later in the Art Music genre. He has always been inspired by classical music and began writing in this genre for his wife and three children, who played and studied piano and voice, cello, violin and clarinet.
Victor has had many of his pieces performed by various renowned artists, including David Pereira, at his “David Pereira Concert Series ”in Canberra in 2011, and Scott Taggart (London Philharmonia), James Beck (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra) and Ilir Merxushi (Albanian and World Orchestra) for three Cello Benefit Concerts held in the Shoalhaven, NSW in 2008. David Pereira also conducted two of his orchestral works. At these concerts, as well as an Art/Music Performance Exhibition, “Music Is Our Landscape” for the Shoalhaven’s annual Sea Change Arts Festival in 2006, his Parma Road Suite was performed to great acclaim. The Illawarra Flame Tree Festival of 2007, at Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale, saw his piece “When Leaves Cascade” performed. In 2019 his Gallipoli Suite was performed at St Peter’s Presbyterian Church North Sydney and has been recorded at Trackdown Studios.
In 1999, Victor wrote a solo piano jazz piece for the occasion of the CD launch of music performed by local jazz musicians of the Shoalhaven and Wollongong regions of NSW. This was the beginning of his interest in the fusing of jazz rhythms with classical idioms. Since 2008 his compositions have been performed regularly by students of the Sydney Conservatorium and Conservatorium High School for HSC music performances, as well as in HSC programs at St John the Evangelist High School, Nowra.
Victor was Head Teacher of the Creative and Performing Arts, from 1991 to 1999 at East Hills Boys Technology High School, Sydney, and on the South Coast at Vincentia High School. At these schools he implemented integrated Arts programs that brought together the related arts into combined performances and exhibitions that crossed artistic boundaries. He was a Senior HSC Marker, in Practical and Theory, for the Board of Studies NSW (12 years). As the NSW Department of Education Creative Arts Ambassador in 1999, he took the top HSC music (Encore) and Art (Art Express) students to the USA. There he presented lectures on Creative and Performing Arts Education at Washington DC, and at Penn State University, Pennsylvania.
In 2015, Victor studied composing under Matthew Hindson and Paul Stanhope at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Today, he continues to work from his multi-arts studio, creating music, as well as visual arts and poetry.