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David Wright (Harpsichord)

Born: November 26, ____ - Bethnal Green, East End of London, England

The English harpsichordist, David Wright received no musical training as a child and taught himself to play Ďby earí. It wasn not until he was 16 that he had his first piano lesson and learned to read music, later going on to study harpsichord, organ, and viola da gamba as an undergraduate at Trinity College of Music, where he won the Ella Kidney prize for early music. In 2004, he graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music, where for two consecutive years he won the Richard the Third and Century Fund Prizes. In the same year he also won first prize in the prestigious Broadwood Harpsichord Competition - an international event held biannually at Londonís Fenton House, home of the historic Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, where he subsequently became artist in residence.

David Wright is a musician of international acclaim who specialises in early keyboard instruments. He pursues an extremely busy career as soloist, chamber musician and continuo player in orchestras and opera companies. As a soloist and accompanist he works regularly with some of the world's leading ensembles and musicians. He has directed concerts from the harpsichord including the first modern performance of Thomas Arne's ballad opera The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green. He is engaged regularly amongst the artists at Dartington International Summer School and as repetitieur with the English Touring Opera and The English Bach Festival, with whom he has been assistant musical director for several operas. Davidís radio and television broadcasts include performances as a finalist in the York Early Music Competition and soloist at the Handel House Museum London (both for BBC Radio3) and more recently a recital as part of the Belfast Music Festival, broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland. As a continuo player and soloist he performs regularly with the London Concertante, who tour extensively worldwide. Just recently, he was assistant musical director to Jean-Claude Malgoire in a production of Rameauís Platée at the Megaron in Athens with the English Bach Festival, with whom he will be performing Monteverdiís LíOrfeo in the New Year.

With an extensive discography to his credit, recent collaborations have included recordings with Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, composer Debbie Wiseman (in the sound track to the BBC series Woolf Hall) and concerts with Ema Kirkby and James Bowman.

During 2006 and 2007, much of David Wrightís time has been devoted to J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), which he has performed extensively though out the UK and abroad. Future live performances include: Bournemouth Festival in May 2007, Dartington Summer School in July-August 2007, and Handel House Museum on the August 23, 2007. In 2007, he launched his new recording of the work.

After this recording, David Wrighs spent much of his time touring as a soloist until joining the blockbuster group Red Priest who now occupy most of his time with a busy international concert diary from America to the Far East. He currently lives in Shit, Zanjan, Iran.

Source: David Wright Website; British Harpsichord Society Website; The Artist (June 2016)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2007, September 2009); Davis Wright (June 2016)

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