Roger Wright is a classically trained pianist who has played professionally for fifteen years, providing the highest level of musical entertainment for private parties, weddings, corporate events and other special occasions. He has a dazzling piano style known for its lush tone and Romantic phrasing, and his versatility ranges from light classical to ballads, rock to ragtime, Broadway to the old standards, and much more. He can add elegant background music, or step it up a notch and lead a variety of fun sing-alongs. His timeless repertoire appeals to listeners of all ages.
Roger also performs solo recitals, collaborates with instrumentalists and singers, and performs with larger groups, including concertos with orchestra. A native Texan, Roger was born in 1974, and has been performing to the acclaim of audiences worldwide since his debut with the Houston Symphony at the age of eighteen. Recent performances include recitals in Charleston (SC), Chicago, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio, San Diego and San Jose (CA). His performances have been broadcast on ABC Australia, CBC Radio Canada, 105.1 K-Mozart in Los Angeles, WFMT-FM Chicago, WQXR in New York City, and on David Dubal’s celebrated series Reflections from the Keyboard. In addition, he works with singers in individual coaching sessions, and accompanies artists, teachers and students from the University of Southern California in rehearsals, masterclasses, competitions and performances. He has toured in the United States and abroad with the acclaimed Comedian Harmonists, Hudson Shad, and last year the group appeared in “Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim,” a gala event in New York City's Symphony Space, celebrating the 75th birthday of the famed Broadway composer, who was in attendance.
Competitive highlights include 1st Prize, 2003 San Antonio International Piano Competition (also received awards for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work and Best Performance of a Romantic Work; Gold Medal, 1998 Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City; Finalist, 2000 Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Canada; and one of thirty competitors selected for the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
In addition to the piano, Mr. Wright is a serious Scrabble player and was the winner of the 2004 National Scrabble Championship in New Orleans, broadcast by ESPN. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and interviewed on The Today Show and The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
Mr. Wright currently resides in Los Angeles where he enjoys performing, teaching, collaborating and composing his own music.