Violinist Audrey Wright is Associate Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the newly appointed Concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. A versatile performer in solo, chamber music, and orchestral realms, Wright has previously held positions with the Excelsa Quartet (2014-16) and the New World Symphony (2013-14). Her repertoire spans the early 17th century to modern day, and her performing experience includes the full spectrum of these musical styles from Baroque performance practice to the premiering of new and personally commissioned works. While a member of the Excelsa Quartet, Wright 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. As a participant of the Verbier Festival (Verbier CH) since 2012, Wright performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and was Concertmaster under the direction of Gábor Takács-Nagy, Kent Nagano, Iván Fischer, and Charles Dutoit. Wright has made solo appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. 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 St. Lawrence String Quartet, Axelrod String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, and Boston Trio. Most recent festival appearances include the Verbier Festival (Verbier, CH), Manchester Summer Chamber Music (Ipwich, MA), Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (Detroit, MI), Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival (Blue Hill, ME), and the McGill International String Quartet Academy (Montreal, QC). Wright appears on many concert series in the greater Baltimore area, including Community Concerts at Second, Pro Musica Rara, Hood College Chamber Music, and the Smithsonian Chamber Society, where she has performed on the exquisite instruments within the Smithsonian Instrument Collection.
In addition to performing, Wright is also passionate about teaching and coaching chamber music. She was the Director of the Homewood Chamber Music Program at Johns Hopkins University from 2017-18 and maintains a small studio of private students. Previously, she coached chamber music at the University of Maryland School of Music and held teaching positions at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD; Beechwood Knoll Elementary School in Quincy, MA; and Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City, Panama.
Wright completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music studying with Lucy Chapman, Bayla Keyes, and Jennifer Frautschi. She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2019 at the University of Maryland, studying with David Salness. Wright plays on a 1763 J.B. Guadagnini violin personally loaned to her by conductor Marin Alsop.