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Earl Wild

Earl Wild

(1915 – 2010)

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Earl Wild

Earl Wild
(1915 – 2010)

In memory of

Earl Wild

(1915 – 2010)
About Earl
This is a memorial dedicated to the life of Earl Wild. Earl Wild was an American pianist known especially for his transcriptions of classical music and jazz. Earl is recognized widely as a leading virtuoso of his generation. Harold C. Schonberg called him a supervirtuoso in the Horowitz class.
Born in Pittsburgh, Earl Wild was a musically precocious child and studied under Selmar Janson, Simon Barere and Egon Petri, among others. As a teenager, he started making transcriptions of romantic music and composition.
He was the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television (in 1939, in his capacity as staff pianist for NBC), he was also the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet (in
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In 1942, Arturo Toscanini invited him for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the first for orchestra and soloist, which was a resounding success and made him a household name. During World War II, Earl Wild served in the United States Navy as a musician. A few years after the war he moved to the newly formed American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a staff pianist, conductor and composer until 1968. Earl Wild is renowned for his virtuoso recitals and master classes held around the world, from Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo to Argentina, England and throughout the United States.
Earl Wild passed away on the 23rd January 2010. This is a tribute to his life and his music. May he rest in peace.
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Earl Wild

This is a memorial dedicated to the life of Earl Wild. Earl Wild was an American pianist known especially for his transcriptions of classical music and jazz. Earl is recognized widely as a leading virtuoso of his generation. Harold C. Schonberg called him a supervirtuoso in the Horowitz class.
Born in Pittsburgh, Earl Wild was a musically precocious child and studied under Selmar Janson, Simon Barere and Egon Petri, among others. As a teenager, he started making transcriptions of romantic music and composition.
He was the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television (in 1939, in his capacity as staff pianist for NBC), he was also the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet (in...

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