January 19, 2005

Pianist/Composer Richard Trythall to Perform the Music of Charles Ives and

DETROIT, MI (January 17, 2005) - Renowned pianist and composer Richard Trythall will be performing the music of Charles Ives and \"Jelly Roll\" Morton at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26. This special concert, presented by the Wayne State University Department of Music, is being held in the Schaver Music Recital Hall, 480 W. Hancock, Detroit. Ticket prices are $5 for students/seniors and $8 for adults. For additional information call, (313) 577-1795 or visit www.music.wayne.edu.

Trythall will also be holding a composition seminar and piano master class for Wayne State Music students. For additional information on his clinics, call (313) 577-1795 or visit www.music.wayne.edu.

Composer-pianist Richard Trythall studied composition and piano at the University of Tennessee, Princeton University, and the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Germany. As a composer he has received the Rome Prize in Musical Composition, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Naumburg Recording Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, as well as composition commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Dorian Woodwind Quintet, and the Gruppo Percussione Ricerca (Venice, Italy). His compositions, which include works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano and tape (electronic works), have been performed at New York\'s Carnegie Recital Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Tanglewood Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Gaudeamus Festival in Holland, the Settembre Musica Festival of Turin, the Nuova Consonanza Festival in Rome, and the Darmstadt Festival in Germany, among others. His percussion work, \"Bolero\", has been danced by the Ballet Company of the Municipal Theater of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as by ballet companies in Italy, South Africa, and the United States. Recordings of his music are available on the American record labels CRI and Aspen, as well as on the ReR Records (England), Minstrel (Italy) and Thorofon (Germany) labels.

As a concert pianist Trythall won First Prize in the \"Kranichsteiner Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Piano Music\" held in Darmstadt, Germany in 1969. Since then he has performed widely in Europe and has recorded extensively for the Italian radio (RAI). He has frequently performed as piano soloist with the Rome Radio Orchestra. His solo piano concerts stress American music of the 20th century and include his own piano compositions, as well as music by Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Scott Joplin, \"Jelly Roll\" Morton and others. The American label, \"Centaur Records\", released a CD recording of his performance of the piano music of Charles Ives. A CD recording of Trythall\'s performance of the music of Jelly Roll Morton was recently released by the Italian label, \"Musicaimmagine\".

In addition to his activities as a pianist and composer, Trythall is \"Music Liaison\" for the American Academy in Rome - overseeing the institution\'s musical program in Rome since 1970. For many years he was the Italian correspondent for the American magazine \"Keyboard\". He has written frequently on the topic of American music for various Italian publications and in 1995 he organized the week long \"American Country Music\" festival which took place at Rome\'s Palazzo delle Esposizioni. In 2000 he was Artistic Director of the \"Euro-America Festival\" held in Acquasanta Terme (Marche, Italy).


Andrea Lafferty
Phone: (313) 577-1783
Email: ad2805@wayne.edu