BIOGRAPHY

Since his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 10,  Augustin  Henry Wright has been establishing himself as an emerging, dynamic Canadian pianist.  He has distinguished himself in many local, national and international competitions;  most recently, at the Virtuoso International Competition, Salzburg, Austria. He has performed numerous times on CBC radio, and featured on the award-winning TV Series “Virtuose”. In 2018, Augustin’s chamber group  won first place in the BC Friends of Chamber Music competition.  Further, he was the grand prize winner in the Phyllis Salter Scholarship Competition, senior division winner of the Chilliwack Lions Club Kiwanis festival, senior division concerto winner of the Vancouver Kiwanis festival,  and was selected as a representative for  BC Performing Arts Dominion festivals.   In 2019, Augustin performed solo piano with orchestra at the CHAN Centre for Performing Arts,  and was awarded scholarship in the Bjorn & Lori Hareid  Senior Secondary Provincial competition.   


Augustin is a piano student of the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he  completed two years of the Young Artist Collegiate Program (YACP)  for gifted students.   Augustin holds with highest distinction,  a FLCM Fellowship diploma, a  LLCM Licentiate diploma  from the London College of Music (England),  ARCT  diplomas in both Piano and  Cello performance from Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada).     He studies piano with Rebecca Kelly, cello with Bo Peng; and is principal cellist of the Vancouver Academy Senior Orchestra, directed by Ian Parker.  Augustin  is honored to have master classes with VAM instructor and pianist, Krystyna Tucka.  

Annually since 2011, Augustin has produced and performed various benefit concerts  for charities such as  UNICEF,  Red Cross, and ALS.    Augustin performed the opening concert for the 2018 International Rotary Club Peace Building & Environmental Conference.    Augustin was invited as a motivational speaker to talk to young musicians at the Steinway Young Artists Chinese New Year Gala,  2018.  For his community service work, Augustin has three times been awarded the Mayor of West Vancouver Youth Recognition Award.   He was awarded  the gold level 2019 Duke of Edinburgh International Award (Canada).  Further, Augustin   received an UNICEF Youth Who Make a Difference award  and has been featured in the spring 2018 and 2019 editions of UNICEF Canada magazine.   

A Principal’s list,  International Baccalaureate student at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver, Augustin excels in science, sports, and music.  Augustin represented his school in the 2018  BC Track and Field Championships   and received awards for athletic excellence.      For two consecutive summers since 2018, Augustin was invited to work in a cancer research internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (USA).  Augustin aspires to one day be able to study both music and science at university.   In his spare time, Augustin enjoys soccer, cycling, running and skiing.  He speaks French, English, Spanish and Mandarin.