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Elisabeth Wright

Professor of Music (Harpsichord, Fortepiano)

Contact Information:
Merrill Hall, MU344


Early Music

  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, 1970

Professor of music (harpsichord/fortepiano) at the Historical Performance Institute of the IU Jacobs School of Music, Elisabeth Wright is noted for her versatility as soloist and chamber musician and for her expertise in the art of basso continuo improvisation. Adjudicator and guest professor at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, she is in demand for masterclasses and seminars pertaining to performance practices of sixteenth- to eighteenth-century music. Folllowing graduate studies with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam (now Sweelinck) Conservatory, she has maintained a distinguished international career performing in such noted venues as Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, Metropolitan, Frick, and Stibbert Museums, Aston Magna, Lufthansa of London, Wigmore Hall, Vancouver Early Music, Tage alter Musik, Sydney Festival, Santa Fe Festival, Festival Cervantino, Musica Antica Bolzano, Semana de Música Antigua Estella, Performa Clavis, and on series at the Querini and Sala dei Giganti. Soloist with Tafelmusik, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and Lyra Baroque Orchestras, she has performed for decades as member of Duo Geminiani with esteemed baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, with the Colombian ensemble Música Ficta, the Vivaldi Project, Jacques Ogg, and numerous others, here and abroad. She has been broadcast on four continents and recorded for Classic Masters, Milan-Jade, Focus, Arion, Arts Music, Música Ficta, Pro Musica Antiqua, and Centaur. A perpetual student of languages and interested in the relationship between text and music, her research on musical settings of the poetry of Giambattista Marino led to concerts and presentations at a conference at the University of Toronto, and a chapter in The Sense of Marino: Literature, Fine Arts and Music for Legas Press. Reviewer for Early Keyboard Journal, she was founding member of The Seattle Early Music Guild and Bloomington Early Music and has served on the board of Early Music America and as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, PEW, and PennPat.