Wyatt True is Artistic and Executive Director of the Delgani String Quartet. He has performed in recital throughout the Willamette Valley and as guest artist at the University of Georgia, University of Pittsburgh, Andrew College, and Umpqua Community College. Dr. True has also performed as a member of numerous professional organizations including the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, and the Oregon Coast Music Festival.
An advocate for contemporary music, Dr. True has had the opportunity to work with many living composers. Recent engagements included the second performance of Roger Zahab’s Vioentelechron (2007) concerto for violin and orchestra, a studio recording of Nicole Portley’s Voyage (2013) for string quartet, and the premiere of Jason Heald’s String Quartet No. 5 (2014). Dr. True is currently working with young composers from the Pacific Northwest on the “Oregon Multimedia Project,” a collaboration of photography and music for violin and piano that captures the beauty of Oregon landscapes. The work is scheduled for its premiere in 2015 at Oregon State University along with Alex LaFollett’s Violin Sonata, a contemporary work dedicated to Dr. True.
As a Baroque violinist, Dr. True has directed the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra in Ashland, performing as soloist for numerous concerti including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He also serves on the Board of the Oregon Bach Collegium and gives regular recitals as part of their season subscriptions. Lecture-recital presentations have included “The Nascent Violin: Works from Palestrina to Corelli,” “Corelli and his Intercontinental Influence,” and “Parisian Violin Works of the 18th Century,” among others. Dr. True studied Baroque violin with Dr. Marc Vanscheeuwicjk at the University of Oregon, at Corso Internationale di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy, and at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.
Dr. True’s education has been diverse; degrees include a Doctorate in violin performance and historical performance practice, a Masters in violin performance and string quartet studies, a Bachelor of Arts in music and philosophy, and a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy. His doctoral thesis, “A Modern Violinist’s Introduction to Early Music and Historical Performance Practice,” traces the development of violin music and technique from late sixteenth century vocal models to the duo sonatas of J. S. Bach.
Dr. True was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship while at the University of Oregon, assisting in the studios of Kathryn Lucktenberg and Fritz Gearhart. As a chamber music coach, he worked with students at the University of Oregon’s Community Music Institute and was invited to teach at the Just Chamber Music! Summer Festival in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has also provided educational outreach to student ensembles in Roseburg (Oregon), Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Weed (California), Andrew College (Georgia), Longmont, Fort Collins, and Loveland (Colorado). Currently, Dr. True and his wife, violinist Jannie Wei, co-own and operate True Violin Studio, a large private studio based in Eugene, Oregon.
Dr. True is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is also a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. Additional recognition includes the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Graduate Performer, Colorado State University’s Outstanding Graduate Student, Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State and the University of Pittsburgh, and multiple performance scholarships from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, including the Denk Scholarship, Beth Landis Violin Scholarship, and Eleanor Hale Wilson Summer Scholarship.
Dr. True performs on a fine Charles Brugère violin made in Paris in 1927 and a bow crafted specifically for this instrument by Portland bow maker Darrell Hanks in 2014.