Connecting Stars Emerging Artist
Marisse Cato is a second-year music undergraduate studying at the University of Cambridge. She is a composer and violinist who performs across a wide range of genres including pop, jazz, contemporary and classical. Currently working on a chamber opera to be performed by the Cambridge University Opera Society in June, she composes in a contemporary classical style. Commissions include the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Marisse studied at Junior Trinity where she led the Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the Rose Eley Memorial Prize for String Playing. She has performed at notable venues including the Royal Albert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall.
During her undergraduate, Marisse performs a range of classical and contemporary music with multiple Cambridge-based orchestras including Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge University Sinfonia and Cambridge New Music Group. Notable performances include Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Errollyn Wallen’s Horseplay. Her compositions have been performed as part of the Minerva Festival as well as College Music Society recitals and the Kettle’s Yard New Music Series. Marisse runs the Selwyn College Music Society, programming concerts every week, providing a platform for innovative student performances. Outside of music, you might find her leading her college’s 1st Women’s boat on the river Cam just as the sun’s rising.
Connecting Stars enables Marisse to bring her music making to a wider audience beyond the student bubble! Having performed to care home residents with her school as well as delivered food packages and prepared Christmas dinner for elderly members of her local community, Marisse continues to explore the link between music and emotional well-being in her studies. This exploration into the benefits of music therapy further informs her performance engagement.