Violinist Audrey Wright was born and raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and picked up her first violin at the age of three and a half. While a true New Englander at heart, she has traveled across the globe performing in an array of solo, chamber music, and orchestral settings. Prior to joining Excelsa Quartet, Audrey spent the 201315 season as a Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony (NWS) led by Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami, Florida. Some notable experiences while at NWS include a solo performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto “Per eco lontano” conducted by Bernard Labadie, a first allout collaborative performance with dancers of the Miami City Ballet, and a performance of Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians, in addition to working under the batons of conductors Osmo Vanska, Mark Wigglesworth, and Michael Tilson Thomas himself.
Audrey has performed in such chamber orchestras as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Saint Paul, MN and Discovery Ensemble in Boston, MA. She has performed as guest artist of Borromeo String Quartet and the Boston Trio, and collaborated with violist Roger Tapping and pianist/harpsichordist John Gibbons as well as pianist Christopher O’Riley on the national radio program From the Top. Most recent summer festival appearances include the Verbier Festival (Verbier, CH), Kneisel Hall School of Music (ME), and the McGill International String Quartet Academy (Montreal, QC). Among the many musicians who have guided Audrey as a collaborative musician, some of her mentors include John Heiss, Lucy Chapman, Natasha Brofsky, Vivian Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Andre Roy, Laurie Smukler, Arnold Steinhardt, Hugh Wolff, Benjamin Zander, and members of the Borromeo, Juilliard, and Colorado String Quartets.
Audrey is committed to teaching and community engagement through the arts, having performed and organized a wide range of community performances across the United States. She was a New England Conservatory Teaching Fellow in 201213, and was on faculty of the strings program at the 2012 and 2013 Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City, Panama.
Audrey completed her undergraduate studies with Lucy Chapman at the New England Conservatory (NEC) earning the prestigious NEC Chadwick Medal in 2011, and received a Master of Music from NEC in 2013 studying with Lucy Chapman, Bayla Keyes, and Jennifer Frautschi. During her time there, she discovered a love of painting in watercolor which has spurred a determination to combine her love of music with her other interests in visual art, dance, and the culinary arts. Audrey plays on a violin bow made in 2000 by Paul Siefried generously on loan from The Maestro Foundation.