Wesley began studying violin at 5 years old. By age 9, Wesley was studying at the prestigious Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he met his friend Kai Lindsey, who is a fellow Joseph Bologne Quartet member. While still 9, Wesley was privileged to meet world-famous violinist Joshua Bell backstage at the Hollywood Bowl. It was an inspirational meeting for Wesley, and Joshua autographed Wesley’s half-size violin. Wesley has won three international violin competitions, placing first, second, and third in The Great Composers competition based in London. In 5th grade, Wesley won the LAUSD music teachers’ scholarship. Wesley has also performed as a street musician on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade to help pay for his music lessons and camps. Wesley and his Colburn friends played with the Piano Guys to crowds of 6000 at the Microsoft Theater and Shrine Auditorium.
Besides music, Wesley’s other passion is baseball. Wesley was an all-star player in little league, pitching his team to a district championship, and is currently a Varsity Short Stop while still a sophomore. Three years ago, Wesley combined his two loves when he played the National Anthem on his violin at the opening day ceremony of his Little League and also at the Jet Hawks minor league stadium. Wesley’s joke is that if he becomes a major league baseball player, then he will be able to afford a Stradivarius.
Wesley’s idea for The Joseph Bologne Quartet Project started when he discovered Joseph Bologne on the internet and was immediately captivated by his life story of being both a musician and an athlete, which Wesley identifies with.