Canadian Composer, Musicologist, Music Educator & Pianist

James K. Wright Composer, Educator, Musicologist, Pianist


Canadian composer/musicologist James Wright has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. He is a Full Professor of Music in Carleton’s School for Studies in Art and Culture, where he has served as Supervisor of Performance Studies (2006-18), and Supervisor of Graduate Studies (2020-present).

In 2002, his Ph.D. dissertation on Schoenberg and Wittgenstein was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal, the first time in McGill University’s history that this distinction has been conferred upon a musicologist.

In 2019, James Wright was named the University of Toronto Louis Applebaum Distinguished Visiting Professor in Composition for the 2019-20 academic year (see and

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