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Paul Bernard Wright

Professor Paul Wright

Honorary Research Fellow
Academic Staff (Music)

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Academic Staff (Music)
The University of Western Australia (M413)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2051
Adelaide-born Paul Wright began violin studies with Lyndall Hendrickson at the age of 8, and three years later, was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. He went on to study at the Guildhall School in London, and in 1978 was accepted as a student at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied under Ivan Galamian. He has performed with many ensembles in Australia and America including the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble of the Classic Era and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Paul has been a soloist with many major Australian orchestras since 1989. Since 1991 he has directed Ensemble Arcangelo, an eighteenth century period instrument group based in Perth. He is co-recipient of an Australian Research Council grant enabling him to investigate aspects of French Baroque music especially in relation to the French Cantata. Paul also performs Eastern European gypsy music with Kashtany Duo and in 2003 produced a highly acclaimed CD with accordionist Miroslav Gutej.
In 2009, Paul was seconded to the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne where he was a member of the teaching faculty for 18 months.
Paul is in demand as a director/leader of leading ensembles in Australia.
Key research
Freelance Musician:
2010Director/Concertmaster Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Best of Baroque
Director Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists String Program
Director/Soloist Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Season 5 Melbourne Recital Centre
Tutti violin Australian Chamber Orchestra February National Tour
Performed in Canberra International Arts Festival
Performed in Melbourne University Spring Early Music Festival
Soloist/Director Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Victoria
2009Concertmaster West Australian Symphony Orchestra for 3 programs including as soloist February, May and November
Director/Concertmaster Australian Classical Orchestra, January
Chamber music performance with Pacifica Quartet for Perth Festival
Kulcha concert Kashtany Duo
Concertmaster for Bach B minor mass St Georges
Festival Baroque performances
Soloist Albany, began work on documentary featuring Albany’s young musicians
Trout Quintet, Prokofiev for Music Society UWA
Haydn Seven Last Words ANAM
Director/Concertmaster Haydn Symphony No 88 ANAM
2008Performed with Chris Potter in PCH for Perth Festival
Concert-master for Monteverdi Poppea production with Victorian Opera under Richard Gill
Numerous concerts as Director/soloist Juniper Chamber Orchestra
2007Director and Concert-Master: Juniper Chamber Orchestra with Geoffrey Lancaster at Government House Ballroom
2006Chamber Music with international guests: Twilight Song with Lisa Milne, Perth International Arts Festival, Winthrop Hall
Director and Soloist: Mozart 250th Birthday Celebration Concert in Perth Concert Hall
Artistic Director and Concert-master: Juniper Chamber Orchestra
Director: Australian Classical Era Orchestra Soloists, Winthrop Hall and Margaret River
2005Guest Associate Concert-master: West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Masters series)
2004Chamber music recital: Hale Visiting Artist’s Programme Soloist and Concert-Master: Back to Bach, Collegium Symphonic Chorus Orchestra, St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco
2003Soloist baroque violin: Melbourne Autumn Music Festival
2002Soloist and Director: Ensemble Arcangelo, Coriole Music Festival (South Australia), Recorded and broadcast live on ABC FM
2001Concert-Master: Collegium Musicum Choir Orchestra: Mass in B Minor J.S. Bach, Winthrop Hall
2000Concert-master and soloist: Australian Bach Ensemble, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Recorded live and broadcast on ABC FM
2008Smalley Horn Trio - Melba label (International distribution)
2007French Baroque Music ABC Classics 5 CD’s in total (International
2004Rogue Guitar: Milicia Ilic (International distribution)
2003Streetfire: Kashtany Duo, KWA Records (International distribution)
2003Trasnochando: Tango 22 Production
2002Kashtany Duo DVD of live performance Her Majesty’s Theatre,
Melbourne (in collaboration with Canadian dance ensemble)
2003Night Fishing: Simon Fox (International distribution)
2002Urban Gypsies
2002Haydn Fortepiano Trios: 2 CD set, Ensemble of the Classic Era, ABC Classics Antipodes label (International distribution and BBC airplay)
1997C.P.E.Bach Trio Sonatas: Ensemble of the Classic Era, ABC Classics Antipodes Label (International distribution)
1996Haydn Piano Trios: Ensemble of the Classic Era, ABC Classics Antipodes Label (International distribution)
1995As concertmaster Brandenburg Orchestra with Graham Pushee
1994Brandenburg Orchestra soloist- Vivaldi Concerti, Brandenburg 3
Honours and awards
Finalist in ABC Instrumental and Vocal competition, Australia1981

Martin Bequest recipient, London1980

Royal Society of Arts Scholarship, London1978-79

First Prize in Beethoven Prize, Guildhall School of Music, London1977

Winner Craxton Memorial Prize, London 1977
Previous positions
2009-2010The Australian National Academy of Music
Teacher of violin and chamber music, director of chamber orchestra

1990- currentThe University of Western Australia
Lecturer, Co-ordinator of String Studies

West Australian Conservatorium of Music
1987-1988Lecturer/ Cristofori Piano Trio
1983-86Lecturer/ First Violinist of the West Australian String Quartet
Lecturer, Co-ordinator of String Studies at School of Music, UWA
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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