Ben Wright | Trumpet Player | Teacher | Soloist

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Benjamin Wright enjoys a varied career, performing as a member of the Boston Symphony, as a soloist and chamber musician, and teaching. Wright joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in July 2002 as fourth trumpet. From 2006 to 2009, he was acting assistant principal trumpet of the BSO, and in 2010 became second trumpet of the BSO, where he occupies the Arthur and Linda Gelb Chair.

Wright began playing the violin at age three, and the trumpet when he was ten. He hails from a long line of musicians going back to his great-grandfather, a bandleader and cornetist in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. Wright studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his bachelor’s in music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1996 Wright won the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet competitions, as well as the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, and was awarded the Bernard Adelstein Prize for trumpet performance upon graduating in 1997.

Following his first professional job as a member of the Washington Opera Orchestra, Wright spent two years as fourth trumpet in the Chicago Symphony. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. His appearances as guest principal trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony included performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. He has performed as soloist with the Las Cruces Symphony and the Boston Pops and has given solo recitals all over the US and Japan.

Wright has given masterclasses at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Yale, Boston University, University of Arizona, Universtiy of Maryland, and The Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has been a fguest aculty member for the Bar Harbor Brass and the National Orchestral Institute. Wright has taught at the New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center since 2003.

 

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