As an exponent of both the modern and the eighteenth century violin, Professor Paul Wright is one of Australia's most versatile instrumentalists.
Paul was born in Adelaide in 1959. At the age of 8 he began violin studies with Lyndall Hendrickson and, three years later, was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. He went on to study at the Guildhall School in London, and in 1978 was accepted as a student at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied under Ivan Galamian.
He has performed with many ensembles in Australia and America including the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra in California. Paul has been a soloist with many major Australian orchestras since 1989. Since 1991 he has directed Ensemble Arcangelo, an eighteenth century instrumental group based in Perth.
In 1990 Paul was appointed as the Geoffrey Robinson Musician-in-Residence at The University of Western Australia. Paul currently holds the position of Director of Strings Studies at the University's School of Music and is an exponent of the violin pedagogy relevant to both modern and earlier instruments. Additionally, Paul performs and records with Ensemble of the Classic Era. Following its third tour for Musica Viva Australia in 1997, the Ensemble continues a full schedule of performances and recordings. The Ensemble's first CD, released on the ABC Classics Antipodes label in 1996, was nominated for the ABC FM Classical Recording of the Year, and received the Soundscapes Editor's Choice Award. Ensemble of the Classic Era's second CD was released in August 1997.
In 2011, Paul returned to the staff of the University of Western Australia's Music Department.