David Wright

Born in Bethnal Green in the East End of London in 1985, David Wright received no musical training as a child. His interest in music began after the death of his father, when he was nine, through subsequent involvement in the local church. It was there that he discovered the piano and organ and taught himself to play ‘by ear’, nurturing a love of the music of Bach and Mozart. At the age of sixteen he had his first piano lesson and learned to read music, later going on to study harpsichord at Trinity College of Music, where he won the Ella Kidney prize for early music, and graduated with honours.

David later 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 2003 he also won first prize in the prestigious Broadwood Harpsichord Competition, an international event held at London’s Fenton House, where he became artist in residence. As a soloist and accompanist David 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. David is engaged regularly among the artists at Dartington International Summer School, and as repetitieur with English Touring Opera and the English Bach Festival. David’s radio and television broadcasts include performances as a finalist in the York Early Music Competition, solos at the Handel House Museum in London (both for BBC Radio3), and more recently a recital as part of the Belfast Music Festival, broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland. Just recently, David 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.