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David Wright (Harpsichord)

Born: March 21, 1985 - Bethnal Green, East End of London, England

The English harpsichordist, David Wright received no musical training as a child and taught himself to play ‘by ear’. It wasn’t 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. He graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music in 2003 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 London’s Fenton House, home of the historic Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, where he subsequently became artist in residence.

As a soloist and accompanist David Wright 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. David’s 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 Rameau’s Platée at the Megaron in Athens with the English Bach Festival, with whom he will be performing Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in the New Year.

During 2006 and 2007, much of David Wright’s 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 (tbc), Dartington Summer School in July-August 2007, and Handel House Museum on the August 23, 2007. He has recently launched his new recording of the work.


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

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