Earl Wild

Having mastered ever facet of this art, American pianist Earl Wild is the complete musician and ultimate virtuoso.

The pianistic tradition represented by Earl Wild can be traced directly to Franz Liszt through his studies with Selmar Jansen, who studied with Liszt pupils Xavier Scharwenka and Eugen d'Albert.  Further studies were with the great Dutch pianist Egon Petri, a pupil of Busoni;  Paul Doguereau, the distinguished French pianist and pupil of Ravel;  Madame Barere, wife of the great Russian pianist Simon Barere; and Volya Cossack, a pupil of Isidore Philipp, who studied with Saint-Saens.

Although still in his teens, Mr. Wild was hired by NBC in New York to become staff pianist.  During his eight years at NBC he frequently participated as a member of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini.  In 1984 Arturo Toscanini invited Earl Wild to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.  This distinction made him the first American soloist and youngest artist to ever appear with the NBC Symphony -- a particular honor in light of Toscanini's infrequent use of soloists.  The Rhapsody was a first performance for both Earl Wild and Maestro Toscanini.

For an artist as prominent as Earl Wild, it is hardly surprising that he has participated in many premieres.  In 1939 he was the first artist ever to give a piano recital on U.S. television.  In Paris, in 1949, he was soloist in the world premiere performance of Paul Creston's Piano Concerto, later giving the American premiere of the work in Washington.  In 1944 he was the pianist in the American premiere of Shostakovich's Piano Trio in E minor.  With Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony in December of 1970, Mr. Wild gave the world premiere of Marvin David Levy's First Piano Concerto, a work specially written for him.

Earl Wild is also a successful composer.  His composition, Revelations, a large-scale oratorio for Easter, commissioned by the American Broadcasting Company, was presented on television in 1962 and again in 1964, with Mr. Wild conducting.  Another composition, a choral work entitled The Turquoise Horse, was commissioned for the official opening and dedication ceremonies of the Palm Springs California Desert Museum's Annenberg Theater in January of 1976.  Earl Wild has written many transcriptions for the piano as well as composed ballet, orchestral, and incidental music for several different media, including television documentaries.

Earl Wild has also had the honor of being requested to perform for six consecutive Presidents of the United States, including the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.  He has been on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

Mr. Wild has an enormous discography, which includes 30 concertos and 151 solo piano pieces.  His recording of the complete Rachmaninov concerti with Jascha Horenstein has been called the most successful recording Rachmaninov's own.

 

AUDIOFON RECORDINGS OF EARL WILD:

CD 72008
   
Earl Wild - The Art of Transcription
(Recorded Live at Carnegie Hall)
 

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Bach-Tausig - Toccata
Rossini-Thalberg - "Semiramide"
Strauss-Schulz-Evler - Blue Danube
      


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