You recognize it immediately when you hear it. A long, arching, beautiful line that sings naturally, the way a fine singer sings. A true pianissimo poised just above audiblity, natural gradations of sonority between very soft and very loud, and a thundering fortissmo that resounds without clamor or ugly overtones. A way of voicing chords so that inner voices have their own dappled color and richness. A projection of personality that makes interpretation highly individual but illuminates rather than exploits the music. These are some of the characteristics that mark the true romantic pianist, a pianist who can unlock the secrets of the great romantic composers. All of that and more was on display in Roger Wright's recital Sunday at the Phillips Collection." --The Washington Post With delectable quotes such as "audible chocolate," critics from around the globe have hailed Roger Wright as one of the great virtuosos of our time. The San Antonio Express-News likened the audience response to his performance of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto to that of the clamoring crowd at a rock concert. Upcoming engagements include Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy at the California Theater in San Jose, as well as solo recitals in Washington, D.C. for the National Gallery of Art, in Sylmar for the Nethercutt Collection, and in Los Angeles for LACMA's Sundays Live Series. As soloist, he has collaborated with numerous orchestras including the Houston Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra in San Jose, California, and Glacier Symphony in Kalispell, Montana to name a few. He has performed solo recitals at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Steinway Hall in New York, the Chicago Cultural Center, Houston's Hobby Center, Festival at Round Top (Texas), the San Diego Museum of Art, and for L'Ermitage Foundation and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Connoisseur Series. In 2001 he performed to an uproarious crowd at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, for the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. His performances have broadcast on ABC, CBS, NBC, ABC Australia, CBC Radio Canada, WFMT-FM Chicago, Texas Public Radio, Classical KUSC and 105.1 K-Mozart in Los Angeles, WQXR in New York City, and on David Dubal's celebrated series, Reflections from the Keyboard, to name a few. Born in Houston in 1974, Roger Wright began his piano training at the age of twelve, and by the age eighteen debuted with Houston Symphony. While still in college, Wright began to attract notice from audiences and an ever-widening circle of critics for his virtuoso technique and profound musicality. In 2001 The West Australian praised his album Piano Masterpieces as "CD of the Year." Massive airplay of Piano Masterpieces earned composer Peter Sculthorpe the Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) award for the Most Performed Contemporary Classical Composition of 2001. Roger Wright received his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of Houston and his master's degree from Rice University. When not performing, Roger Wright revels in the cultivation of young musicians. He is frequently called upon to conduct master classes. He maintains a private studio from which his students have earned prizes in national and international competitions. Mr. Wright is one of the most recognized Scrabble players in the world under his more casual name 'Trey.' He holds the winning title for the 2004 National Scrabble Championship, a five-day tournament held in New Orleans and televised by ESPN. In this capacity he has also appeared on NBC's Today Show and Identity, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Show, CBS's Sunday Morning, as well as CNN and GSN's Lingo.