Honduran-born bassoonist Kika Wright is an energetic and versatile performer, currently living in the Baltimore area. She is a member of the music arts collective Mind on Fire, as well as an active freelance musician in the area. Ms. Wright currently serves 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. She was the recipient of the Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarship.
Ms. Wright has had the pleasure of performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Koerner Hall, 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.
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 performed with DC String Project, Manhattan Opera Studio, Metro Chamber Orchestra (Brooklyn), Concert Artists of Baltimore, The Sanctified Symphony Orchestra of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony, and other regional orchestras.
Ms. Wright is a regular member of the Incidental Chamber Players in Pittsburgh, a group dedicated to the performance of lesser-known wind chamber music. She recently joined Mind on Fire, an exciting new chamber music collective in Baltimore City. Ms. Wright serves on the board of both organizations.
Ms. Wright has participated in summer music programs in the US and Canada, including the Hot Springs Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Eastern Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. At Aspen, she performed with the Chamber Orchestra, Festival Orchestra, and Aspen Opera Theater’s production of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. Most recently, Ms. Wright traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to serve as principal contrabassoon for the Colour of Music Festival.
Ms. Wright is a member of the Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore Local 40-543 and Metropolitan Washington DC Federation of Musicians Local 161-710.