Harold Wright was one of the most highly acclaimed clarinetists of his generation. At the Curtis Institute of Music, he studied with Ralph McLane, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and his ensemble mentor was Marcel Tabuteau, principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Harold Wright joined the Houston Symphony upon graduation from Curtis and subsequently became the first clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony the following season. He was then the first clarinetist of the National Symphony in Washington for many years before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1970 where he served as principal clarinetist until his untimely death in August, 1993.
Harold Wright was a participant at the Casals Festivals for seven seasons and at the Marlboro School of Music starting in 1952 for eighteen years. Chambers music was his first love and he was profoundly influenced by Rudolf Serkin and Marcel Moyse at Marlboro.
Mr. Wright was a frequent guest artist with the Lincoln Center Chamber Concerts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Chamber Music Concerts at the 92nd Street “Y” in New York, and the Library of Congress Chamber Series in Washington. He performed with many of the leading string quartets including the Budapest, Guarneri, Vermeer, and Juilliard Quartets.
His many recordings include: Copland Sextet, Brahms Trio, Schubert Octet, Brahms Sonatas [Boston Records’ Br1005 with Peter Serkin], Mozart Quintet [BR1004 with Alfred Genovese and Peter Serkin], Schubert “Shepherd on the Rock” [BR1024 with Benita Valente and Rudolf Serkin], Weber Quintet [BR1025], Mozart “Gran Partita” [BR1038 with Marcel Moyse conducting the Marlboro Alumni], Baermann Adagio for Clarinet & Orchestra, Piston Concerto, Debussy Premiere Rapsodie, Weber Concerto No. 2 [all on BR1028] and live recitals with pianist Luis Batlle [BR1023 & BR1024] which include works by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Martinů, Poulenc, Lutolawski, Weber, Dahl, and Sancon.
Harold Wright taught at Boston University, the New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center and was a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the Boston Wind Octet.