2017 Festival Orchestra: Nick Wright

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Nick Wright, violin

A native of England, Nicholas’s engagements as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician have taken him to most of the major concert halls in Europe, Asia and North America. He has performed concertos with orchestras worldwide including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Oman Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire spans works from Handel to premieres by composers such as Jocelyn Morlock, whose works he recently recorded for the Naxos label. He made his solo orchestral debut with the York Guildhall Orchestra, playing the Dvorak Romanze, which was recorded for BBC Radio 3. His concerts and recordings have also been featured on CBC Radio (Canada) and Radio 4 (Hong Kong).

As an orchestral musician Nicholas has worked with many of the world’s most renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev and Mstislav Rostropovich. He has performed extensively with the major chamber and symphony orchestras in London, including the English Chamber and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He performs regularly as guest concertmaster with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Concert and Ulster Orchestras. In 2003 he was made the youngest member of the London Symphony Orchestra where he held the first violin sub-principal position. He joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2012 where he is currently the acting concertmaster.

As a chamber musician Nicholas regularly takes part in series such as the Ribble Valley Festival, LSO and VSO chamber players and Vancouver’s Music on Main. He has performed in venues such as LSO St Luke’s and the Vancouver Orpheum and has collaborated with many renowned artists including Martin Roscoe and Simon Wright. He is the first violinist of the critically acclaimed Vancouver based Koerner Quartet.

Nicholas received his training as a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, studying initially with Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky and later with Prof. Rodney Friend. In addition to winning prizes at the Royal College, Nicholas has been generously supported by grants from the Martin Musical Fund, the Craxton Memorial Fund and the Royal Overseas League. This has enabled him to study abroad with many eminent musicians including Ruggiero Ricci and Gil Shaham. Nicholas enjoys teaching and has given many masterclasses internationally. He is currently co-head of the violin department at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Nicholas plays on a violin by Stephan Peter Greiner.