Audrey Wright

photo: Geoff Robertson

Violinist Audrey Wright is a multifaceted artist across solo and chamber music, as well as orchestral realms. She is Associate Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, has performed across the globe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, and the Vatican, and has soloed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Cape Symphony Orchestra. With a passion for innovative programming and juxtaposing a wide range of musical styles, her repertoire spans the early 17th century to modern day and her performing experience includes the full spectrum of these musical styles, from period performance practice to the premiering of new and personally-commissioned works.

Originally from Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Wright developed a love of ensemble and collaborative playing from a young age. During her high school years, she went on several international tours with youth orchestras in the Boston area, and spent two years attending the prestigious Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts. As a participant in the Verbier Festival from 2012–2016, she performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and was concertmaster under the direction of Gábor Takács-Nagy, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Kent Nagano, Iván Fischer, and Charles Dutoit.

In 2013 Wright was accepted as a Fellow in the New World Symphony, a position she held for one year before joining the Fellowship String Quartet at the University of Maryland, the Excelsa Quartet. As a member of the Excelsa Quartet from 2014–2016, she traveled throughout North America and Europe giving concerts and competing in international competitions. The quartet worked closely with members of the Guarneri, Emerson, St. Lawrence, and Juilliard quartets, and in 2015 commissioned and gave the world premiere of John Heiss’s Microcosms. It was in 2016 that Wright left the quartet to join the second violin section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and in 2018 she won the position of associate concertmaster. Since 2019 she has also held the title of concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and regularly serves as guest concertmaster for the Nu Deco Ensemble in Miami FL.

As a highly sought-after chamber musician, Wright has performed on such chamber music series as Meeting House Chamber Music (Cape Cod), Jackson Hole Chamber Music (Jackson WY), Manchester Summer Chamber Music (Ipswich MA), Great Lakes Summer Chamber Music Festival (Detroit MI), and in many concerts in the greater Baltimore area, 

including Chiarina Chamber Players, Community Concerts at Second, Pro Musica Rara, Hood College Chamber Music, and the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, where she has performed on a number of the exquisite instruments within the Smithsonian Instrument Collection. Other collaborations include artists Mayron Tsong, Paul Watkins, Roberto González-Monjas, Russell Hartenberger, Roger Tapping, John Heiss, John Gibbons, and Christopher O’Riley on the national radio program From the Top, as well as chamber ensembles such as the Axelrod String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, and Boston Trio.

Wright holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (B.M. 2011, M.M. 2013) and the University of Maryland (D.M.A. 2019). Her primary teachers include David Salness, Lucy Chapman, Bayla Keyes, and Magdalena Richter. She plays on a 1763 J.B. Guadagnini violin generously on loan from conductor Marin Alsop.

Albums

Passages Through Time

Release Date: March 11, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6398
21st Century
Chamber
Orchestral
Cello
Orchestra
Violin
In PASSAGES THROUGH TIME, composer Rain Worthington explores the mystery of instrumental music’s ability to communicate the universality of human experiences. She invites the listener into the realm of the nonverbal to reveal our primal commonality, directly touching the heart and soul with music that is delicate and subtle, yet powerful and transporting. Worthington’s music has been hailed as “a fusion of styles—ancient, medieval modality and sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical” (IAWM Journal). Embark on a journey through the currents of Worthington’s musical streams and the emotional forces that drive her unique voice.
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Things In Pairs

Release Date: February 11, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6392
21st Century
Classical
Chamber
Piano
Violin
Concept albums are few and far between, and rarer yet in classical music. THINGS IN PAIRS, a conceptual as well as a musical beacon by violin/piano duo Audrey Wright and Yundu Wang, fills this gap. The tracks on THINGS IN PAIRS were not just carefully curated – rather, they were selected and sorted with the precision of a steady-handed artist stacking a formidable house of cards. Spanning five centuries, these pieces contrast the classical Joseph Bologne with modern minimalist Arvo Pärt, Baroque virtuoso Biber with the contemporary Rain Worthington, all under the watchful eye of Viennese Classical Beethoven.
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