Viphonix is born in 2018 from the meeting of Maxime Morise and Christopher Cohen. These two strong personalities get acquainted at Royal College of Music (London) and discover a common will to show all the range of their violins. They offer original songs, entirely written and performed by them.
Starting with the music itself, the duo seeks emotion, energy and travel. Their creative process comes from a large variety of musical inspirations, going from folk to film music.
Be the name – “vi” stands for violin, “phonix” for sound – or the visual identity (the straight line of the logo represents the bow and the curve evokes the instrument), the entire project is articulated around the violin. Max, French-English, and Chris, French-American, want to tell a story closer to theirs, illustrating their love for this instrument as well as their multiculturalism.
As a dynamic and committed duo, Viphonix performed on the main stage of the Royal College of Music during the Great Exhibitionists festival in London in 2019, at the Rendez-Vous d’Ailleurs in Paris in 2020 and was invited to French festivals Un été à Bourges, Les Effusions, as well as to the prestigious Fimu Belfort in 2021.
The two violinists have also participated in the fifth season of Game of Roles.
Christopher Cohen is a French-American violinist who obtained his Master’s Degree in Performance from the Royal College of Music in London in 2019. Passionate about a wide range of musical styles, he also studied tango with Juan-José Mossalini for several years, and jazz violin with Christian Garrick. He performs regularly with the German Radio Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.
Christopher was awarded a scholarship from the Royal College of Music and is currently playing on an 1880 Sgarbi violin, kindly lent to him by the Harrison Franck Foundation.
Maxime Morise is a French-British violinist who obtained a Master’s Degree in Performance with distinction from the Royal College of Music in London in 2020. In 2018, he participated in the “BBC Symphony Orchestra Academy”. Maxime has been invited to participate in numerous chamber music festivals including Encuentro de Santander. In 2021, He was selected as young talent for the prestigious “Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky” at La Seine Musicale in Paris.
Maxime is a recipient of scholarships from the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust (Derek Butler Prize) and the Frederick Johnston Scholarship.