Matthew Wright, lute
Matthew Wright is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. After years of playing progressive rock on the bass guitar, he attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he studied classical guitar with Ray Chester and lute with Mark Cudek. Upon moving to Cambridge in 1999, Matthew began concentrating on the lute, studying with Douglas Freundlich at The Longy School of Music and subsequently receiving an MM in Early Music Performance. There, he founded Seven Times Salt; a group specializing in English Consort music. Matthew performs frequently as a soloist and also with such ensembles as the Chatham Chorale, Capella Alamire, Renaissonics, Musical Offering, (MA) Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble (VT), Fanfare Consort (CT), and Ensemble Al Verso (Switzerland) and in festivals such as the Boston Early Music Festival, Bloomington Early Music Festival (IN), Amherst Early Music Festival (CT), and New Brunswick Early Music Festival. (Canada). Matthew is a member of and contributor to the Lute Society of America, for which he conducted an interview with Arthur Ness. He also serves as the tenor section leader at Eliot Church of Newton under the direction of Charles Raines. As a guitar teacher, he currently has studios and classes at Brimmer and May, Belmont Hill, Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the Allegro Music School.