Earl Wild

Earl Wild is a pianist in the grand Romantic tradition. Considered by many to be the last of the great Romantic pianists, this eminent musician is known internationally as one of the last in a long line of great virtuoso pianist / composers.

Earl Wild was born on November 26, 1915 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a child his parents would often play opera overtures (such as the one from Bellini"s Norma) on their Edison phonograph. In 1937, he joined the NBC network in New York City as a staff pianist. This position included not only the duties of playing solo piano and chamber recitals, but also performing in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Arturo Toscanini. In 1939, when NBC began transmitting its first commercial live musical telecasts, Mr. Wild became the first artist to perform a piano recital on U.S. television. In 1942, Toscanini made Earl Wild a household name when he invited him to be the soloist in an NBC radio broadcast of Gershwin"s Rhapsody in Blue. The youngest (and only) American piano soloist ever engaged by the NBC Symphony, Mr. Wild was a member of the orchestra, working for the NBC radio and television network from 1937 to 1944.

Upon leaving the Navy in 1944, Mr. Wild moved to the newly formed American Broadcasting Company (ABC), where he was staff pianist, conductor, and composer until 1968. It was in 1976 that Mr. Wild wrote his now famous piano transcriptions based on George Gershwin"s opera Porgy and Bess and revised his Virtuoso Etudes based on popular songs I Got Rhythm, Somebody Loves Me, Liza, Embraceable You, Fascinatin" Rhythm, The Man I Love, and Oh, Lady be Good. In 1989 he also composed an improvisation for solo piano based on Gershwin"s Someone To Watch Over Me in the form of a Theme and Three Variations and included it on his 1989 CD "Earl Wild plays his Transcriptions of Gershwin."

In 1982, Mr. Wild recorded twelve of these Rachmaninoff song transcriptions for dell’Arte Records. In 1991, four of his transcriptions (Vocalise, Floods of Spring, In the Silent Night and Do not Grieve) were also recorded for Chesky Records.

In 1986, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the death of Franz Liszt, Earl Wild was awarded a Liszt Medal by the People"s Republic of Hungary in recognition of his long and devoted association with this great composer"s music.

In 1996, Carnegie Mellon honored Mr. Wild with their Alumni Merit Award and in the fall of 2000 they further honored him with their more prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award.

In 2005, Earl Wild will also be celebrating his ninetieth birthday by performing recitals in many U.S. cities as well as in Paris and Amsterdam. This tour will culminate with an official birthday recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 29, 2005.

Mr. Wild is currently working on his memoirs which he hopes to publish in 2006.

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Weber, Chopin, Ravel, Liszt, Debussy - In Concert - Wild (CD)

Weber, Chopin, Ravel, Liszt, Debussy - In Concert - Wild (CD)

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Chopin - The 1981 Baldwin Recordings - Earl Wind (CD)

Chopin - The 1981 Baldwin Recordings - Earl Wind (CD)

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Mozart - Clarinet Quintet in A Major / Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue , An American in Paris / Toscanini & Goodman (CD)

Mozart - Clarinet Quintet in A Major / Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue , An American in Paris / Toscanini & Goodman (CD)

Mozart - Clarinet Quintet in A Major / Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue ,An American in Paris / Toscanini..

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