Wright, Dean

Born in Lancashire, Dean joined Banks Brass Band as a young cornet player. He later joined the Leyland DAF Band and then became Principal Cornetist with Besses o'th Barn Band, moved to the Sellers Engineering Band under Philip McCann and played for the world famous James Shepherd Versatile Brass whilst studying with Murray Grieg at The Royal Northern College of Music.

During his post-graduate studies at The Guildhall School of Music he was honoured to gain the position of Principal Trumpet with The European Community Youth Orchestra (now EUYO), touring across South America and Eastern Europe between 1994-96 as well as the rest of Europe and Britain.

In 1997 Dean became Principal Trumpet at Welsh National Opera, and in summer 2017 will have been in his position for 20 years. He is also Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

He has extensive experience as a soloist, most notably- Haydn's Concerto for HTV, Henze's Requiem at St. David's Hall, 'Summon the Heroes Fanfare' by John Williams at Llangollen International Festival, Copland's 'The Quiet City' with the Welsh Symphonia, Performance at The NATO Summit for Barack Obama, Soloist & Conductor of Haydn's Concerto at the Dora Stoutsker Hall, Private audience with Prince Charles at Gregynnog, Video Games Concert & X Factor Gala at the CIA.

Dean has played with many notable symphonic orchestras including BBC NOW, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Aix-en-Provence Festival, BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Manchester Camerata, Welsh Camerata, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh Chamber and Welsh Pops Orchestra.

Dean is the trumpeter on many of Bryn Terfel's CD's and albums by Charlotte Church, John Owen Jones and Gildas. He has appeared on S4C's 'Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol' and for the BBC most recently on the Max Boyce 'Rugby World Cup Warm Up’ and played in a 30th anniversary concert with Welsh rockers ‘The Alarm’ at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Amidst his influences are Maynard Ferguson, James Shepherd (Black Dyke Mills), Maurice Murphy (London Symphony Orchestra) and the world-renowned trumpeter and tutor Kristian Steenstrup from Denmark.