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. In May 2014, Audrey joined the Excelsa Quartet (EQ) as their second violinist, and now is based with them in the Washington DC metro area. Prior to joining EQ, Audrey spent the 2013-15 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 all-out 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 2012-13, and was selected for two consecutive years to teach string students at the Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City, Panama. From 2007-2009 Audrey was one of three NEC/From the Top alumni Community Outreach Fellows, which entailed visiting Boston-area elementary schools throughout the year to give interactive performances. In 2009, she organized a concert at the Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cotuit, MA to benefit the Children’s Cove of Cape Cod, one of the forefront children’s advocacy centers in the New England region.

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.