Josh Wright:Mormon Musician

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Josh Wright is an American concert pianist, recording artist, and piano instructor. He is an adjunct assistant professor of piano at the University of Utah School of Music. He is a listed Steinway Artist. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2014, the year he also debuted at the Kennedy Center.

Wright has appeared numerous times with symphony orchestras, including the Utah Symphony, the Temple Square Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphony, the SummerArts Orchestra, and the University of Utah Student Chamber Orchestra. He was the piano double for the television show Everwood.

Wright holds a Doctor of Musical Art degree from the University of Michigan. He is a pupil of Dr. Logan Skelton. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Utah, studying under Dr. Susan Duehlmeier. He is also a private student of concert pianist Sergei Babayan.

A Billboard #1 artist, he has released six albums, including Meditation (2015), My Favorite Things (2013), Josh Wright (2011), Gaspard (2010), The Complete Chopin Etudes (2003), and Josh Wright Debut (2000).

Wright won first prize at the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition and first prize at the 2013 Rosamond P. Haeberle Piano Award competition. He received the gold medal at the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition, and first prize at the 2010 American Protége International Competition of Romantic Music. He was the second-prize winner of the 2011 Music Teachers National Association National Competition.

He has competed in several other competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition Preliminaries, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Competition, the National Chopin Competition, the New York Piano Competition, the Louisiana International Piano Competition, the Julia Crane International Piano Competition, and the Eastman International Piano Competition.

Teaching piano is also one of Wright’s passions. He has created a free online piano instructional series to assist piano students of all ages and abilities with various aspects of technique and musicality. He has appeared as a guest lecturer and master class presenter at several festivals and colleges, including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, University of Utah International Keyboard Institute, Utah Valley University Piano Festival, BYU-Idaho, Snow College, and Shoreline Community College.

Wright and his wife Lindsey, who is also a classical pianist, are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He started playing the piano at the age of four and a half.