Elizabeth Wright

Cello Teacher

Elizabeth Wright

SAA Member

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A native of North Carolina, Elizabeth Wright received her B.A. in Cello Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, where she studied with Ronald Leonard.

Currently, she plays with the New West Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony, the Long Beach Opera, the Long Beach Ballet, and the chamber music series, Jacaranda: Music at the Edge of Santa Monica. A versatile performer, Ms. Wright has shared the stage with Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Zinman, Ivan Fischer, John Williams, John Clayton, Vince Mendoza, David Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Christian McBride, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Ben Harper, Kelly Clarkson, and Whitney Houston. She is also an active studio musician for film and television; her work includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, American Dad, American Idol, The Voice, and X-Factor. 

In 2000, she earned her M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from UCLA and concluded six years of directing the Westwood Chamber Orchestra, which she founded in 1994. Soon after, she became the Associate Music Director of the Henry Mancini Institute. She has attended festivals at Tanglewood and Aspen, and studied conducting under Mehli Mehta, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff.

A passionate educator, Ms. Wright has designed and implemented educational outreach programs for the Young Musicians Foundation and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. She has taught cello, violin, and general music for the YMF Youth Mentor Artist Program, Children’s Music Workshop, the American Youth Symphony String Project, and the Henry Mancini Institute, as well as the LAUSD and Santa Monica-Malibu School districts. Ms. Wright also served as the Director of the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute, and on the faculty of the Harmony Project and Mount Saint Mary’s College. In 2016, she launched three new summer programs:  ChamberFest, SuzukiFest, and CelloFest.

Ms. Wright is a Suzuki cello teacher and maintains a private studio in Los Angeles.  She also serves on the faculty of the Colburn School.