Michael Wright is a harpsichordist, pianist and composer resident in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has performed with the Nota Bene Baroque Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.
Michael has been teaching piano lessons to students of all ages since 1999. After growing up in Chatham, Ontario, studying in the Royal Conservatory of Music system, Michael attended Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Music where he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music in Composition, with practical studies focusing on piano and harpsichord. Michael has studied piano with Sue Lowther, Doris Anderson, Dorion Carmichael. and Boyd MacDonald, and taken masterclasses with Heather Taves, Anya Alexeyev, and Marylin Nonken. Michael studied harpishcord with Michael Jarvis and Cynthia Hiebert. He studied music composition with Peter Hatch, Linda Catlin-Smith, Cam McKittrick and Glenn Buhr and has had compositions read by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Penderecki String Quartet.
Michael's approach to teaching music is comprehensive, exploring a broad repertoire and engaging in learning the theory and history behind the music. He has experience working with students with learning disabilities and autism. Michael is concerned with following the best of pedagogical practices, from whole-body approaches to piano playing to the neuroscience of learning.
Outside of music, Michael works with deaf and hard of hearing students at Conestoga College to support their classroom learning experience and make sure that their educational experience is barrier-free. Michael is also the assistant instructor at the Ryusuikan Aikido Dojo at the University of Toronto - Mississauga, where he holds the rank of shodan in Renshinkai Aikido.