Dr. Wyatt True

Violin, Viola Teacher

Wyatt True

SAA Member


Eugene, OR
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Violinist Wyatt True is Executive Director of Oregon’s Delgani String Quartet, “the state’s finest chamber ensemble,” (OrArtsWatch) and one of the most active ensembles throughout the Pacific Northwest. Since it’s founding in 2014, Delgani has performed hundreds of concerts throughout Oregon and further, including recent engagements at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dr. True has performed in recital throughout the Willamette Valley and as guest artist at the University of Georgia, University of Pittsburgh, Andrew College, and Umpqua Community College. Dr. True has also performed as a member of numerous professional organizations including the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, the Oregon Coast Music Festival, and the Astoria Music Festival. Currently, he serves as concertmaster for the Eugene Concert Orchestra.

An advocate for contemporary music, Dr. True has had the opportunity to work with many living composers. Recent engagements included the second performance of Roger Zahab’s Vioentelechron concerto for violin and orchestra, studio recordings of works by Lou Harrison, Benjamin Krause, Paul Safar, and Terry McQuilkin, and over two dozen premieres and commissions. Dr. True’s “Oregon Multimedia Project,” a collaboration of photography and music for violin and piano by young composers from the Pacific Northwest, is captured on Delgani’s second album “Distant Monuments.”

As a Baroque violinist, Dr. True has directed the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra in Ashland, performing as soloist for numerous concerti including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He also serves on the Board of the Oregon Bach Collegium and gives regular recitals as part of their season subscriptions. Lecture-recital presentations have included “The Nascent Violin: Works from Palestrina to Corelli,” “Corelli and his Intercontinental Influence,” and “Parisian Violin Works of the 18th Century,” among others. Dr. True studied Baroque violin at the University of Oregon, at Corso Internationale di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy, and at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. His instructors in early music have included Dr. Marc Vanscheeuwicjk, Dr. Margret Gries, Marc Destrubé, and Susanne Scholz.

Dr. True’s education has been diverse; degrees include a Doctorate in violin performance and historical performance practice, a Masters in violin performance and string quartet studies, a Bachelor of Arts in music and philosophy, and a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy. His doctoral thesis, “A Modern Violinist’s Introduction to Early Music and Historical Performance Practice,” traces the development of violin music and technique from late sixteenth century vocal models to the duo sonatas of J. S. Bach.

Dr. True is a Rhodes Scholar Finalist and member of Phi Beta Kappa. Additional recognition includes the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Graduate Performer, Colorado State University’s Outstanding Graduate Student, Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State and the University of Pittsburgh, and performance scholarships from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, including the Denk Scholarship, Beth Landis Violin Scholarship, and Eleanor Hale Wilson Summer Scholarship.