Honduran-born bassoonist Kika Wright is an energetic and versatile performer, recently transplanted to New York City where she is working as a freelance musician. She is an active chamber musician and serves as the bassoonist for The Deep Tones Ensemble and Incidental Chamber Players.
Previously, she was a member of the music arts collective Mind on Fire, as well as an active freelance musician in the Baltimore-DC area. A dedicated educator, Ms. Wright served as the double-reed instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, bassoon instructor and chamber music coach at the Levine School in Washington DC, and as adjunct professor of double reeds at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.
In May 2015, Ms. Wright completed the Artist Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, where she was the recipient of the Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarship.
For two years, Ms. Wright participated in the Performance Residency Program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. During this period, Ms. Wright was active in the Pittsburgh music community, performing with many regional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and university ensembles. She can be heard performing with various groups on WQED FM’s Performance in Pittsburgh series.
Ms. Wright has had the pleasure of performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Heinz Hall of Pittsburgh, Koerner Hall in Toronto, and the Sala Mozart Hall of the Palacio de Congresos in Zaragoza, Spain. She has had the honor of playing under the batons of Osmo Vänskä, Manfred Honeck, Jeffrey Kahane, Anne Manson, Leon Fleisher, Tito Muñoz and Johannes Debus.
Ms. Wright has performed with Trilogy Opera Company, Hamptons Festival Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, DC String Project, Manhattan Opera Studio, Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony, and other regional orchestras. Ms. Wright has participated in summer music programs in the U.S. and Canada, including the Hot Springs Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Eastern Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Ms. Wright is a member of the International Double Reed Society and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.