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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Viola

Thomas Wright

Viola

Thomas Wright began his music studies at age 5 and brought with him an extensive background of performing and teaching when he joined the viola section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1981. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., from his earliest years he studied with Mark Ellsworth, former assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner. He later attended Oberlin Conservatory but left after a year to pursue the creative opportunities of original rock music, playing guitar and electric viola. Some years later, he chose to reenter classical music and, after one season as principal viola of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, he auditioned for Sir Georg Solti and was accepted. As well as viola, Wright handles mandolin duties for the orchestra.

September 2012

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