Elizabeth Wright, a native of North Carolina, received her Bachelor of Arts in cello performance from the University of California, Los Angeles with Ronald Leonard. She currently performs with New West Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Opera and the Long Beach Ballet. Ms. Wright has also performed with the chamber music series Jacaranda, and the new music series: Hear Now. She is also active as a studio musician in film and television including work for the The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, American Dad, American Idol, The Voice, and X-Factor. Ms. Wright has performed with Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Zinman, Ivan Fischer, John Williams, John Clayton, Vince Mendoza, David Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Christian McBride, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Ben Harper, Kelly Clarkson, and Whitney Houston.
Ms. Wright’s other great passion is conducting, receiving her Master of Music from UCLA in orchestral conducting. In May of 1994, she founded the Westwood Chamber Orchestra, which she directed until 2000, when she became the Associate Music Director of the Henry Mancini Institute. She has attended festivals at Tanglewood and Aspen, and studied conducting under Mehli Mehta, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff.
Also a passionate educator, Ms. Wright has designed and implemented educational outreach programs for the Young Musicians Foundation, as well as the Pasadena POPS Orchestra. She has taught cello, violin, and general music for the YMF Youth Mentor Artist Program, Children’s Music Workshop, American Youth Symphony String Project, and the Henry Mancini Institute. Ms. Wright is a dedicated music educator and has taught within the LAUSD and Santa Monica-Malibu School districts. Ms. Wright served as the Director of the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute, and on the faculty of Harmony Project and Mount Saint Mary’s College. Recently she created three new summer programs: ChamberFest, SuzukiFest, and CelloFest. She is a Suzuki cello teacher and is currently on the faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts.