roger wright

With delectable accolades such as "audible chocolate" (Costa Rica News), critics around the globe recognize Roger Wright as one of the great modern piano virtuosos. The San Antonio Express-News likened the audience response of his performance of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto to that of the clamoring crowd at a rock concert.


Most recently, Mr. Wright performed Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Missouri Southern Symphony Orchestra in Joplin, Missouri. Other recent appearances include Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 at the California Theater in San Jose; Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with the Glacier Symphony in Whitefish, Montana; Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto and Gershwin's Concerto in F in Joplin, Missouri; recitals for the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California; and a recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which the Washington Post praised for its "extraordinary freshness, subtlety and originality of thought", and further noted "even more impressive is the rare spontaneity and vitality in his playing- and the sense of a voraciously hungry mind."


Mr. Wright has appeared with the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, among others, and performed solo recitals at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, Festival at Round Top (Texas), and for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's "Sundays Live" series.


Originally from Houston, Texas, Wright studied with John and Nancy Weems, Ruth Tomfohrde, Abbey Simon, Horatio Guitierrez, and John Perry. He now makes his home in southern California. In 2014 he founded The Music School at Foothill in Arcadia, which dedicates itself to the nurturing of young musicians.