After a lengthy and intensive search, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has named Nicholas Wright as its new concertmaster. Wright has been a violinist with the orchestra for the past six years, has performed as soloist with the VSO in concertos by Kelly-Marie Murphy and Jean Sibelius, and has performed locally with a diverse array of acts such as the Koerner Quartet and Music on Main.
Wright was chosen from a competitive assemblage of Canadian and international candidates to replace former concertmaster Dale Barltrop. His first major role in the position will be performing in the VSO’s Spring Festival – A British Fantasy, which continues to May 1.
Wright released the following statement: "I am thrilled to accept the appointment of concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. This is an exciting time for us, and I am looking forward to the upcoming seasons during which we will be celebrating Maestro Tovey’s incredible legacy here in Vancouver as well as the orchestra’s centenary year. Since joining the VSO, I have found a constant source of inspiration in my colleagues and am fortunate to count among them some of my closest friends. Being part of this orchestra is also so special because of the enthusiastic support of our audience. Every orchestra needs the support of a great community on which to thrive, and I am proud to call this beautiful city my home.”