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Composer-pianist Richard Trythall studied composition and piano at the University of Tennessee, at Princeton University and at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Germany. As 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 include works for orchestra, for smaller ensembles, for solo piano and for tape (electronic works) and have been performed at, among others: Carnegie Recital Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, the Walker Arts Center, the Tanglewood Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Gaudeamus Festival in Holland, the Settembre Musica Festival of Turin and at several editions of the Nuova Consonanza Festival in Rome. 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. Commercial recordings of his compositions are available from Atopos Records (Italy), ReR Records (England), Minstrel (Italy), The OpenSound Music Library, 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 (Biennale Festival, Venice, "Music of Our Time," Milan, Darmstadt Music Festival, "Schreyahner Herbst," Lüchow, "Progetto Musica," Rome, etc.) and has recorded extensively for the Italian radio (RAI). He also 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 many others. The American label, Centaur Records, has issued a CD of his performance of the piano music of Charles Ives (CRC 2285) and the Italian label,  Musicaimmagine, has released a CD of his performance (and his transcriptions) of the piano music of Jelly Roll Morton (MR 10047). His work, both as pianist and composer, is documented at       

  In addition to his career activities as pianist and composer, Trythall was "Music Liaison" for the American Academy in Rome from 1970 until 2010 - overseeing and documenting that  institution's musical program in Rome. He continues his assistance as Music Consultant. His "History of the Rome Prize in Music Composition, 1947-2006" was published in 2015 by the University of Rochester Press in the volume Music and Musical Composition at the American Academy in Rome. In 1995 he organized and presented a week long "American Country Music" festival that  took place at Rome's Palazzo delle Esposizioni and in 2000 he was Artistic Director of the "Euro-America Festival" held in Acquasanta Terme (Marche, Italy). Trythall has also been active as an educator and has been a member of faculties of the the State University of New York at Buffalo (as a Creative Associate with the "Evenings for New Music" ensemble, 1972-1973), the University of California at Davis (1976), St. Mary’s College, Rome (1995-98), the  University of California Center, Rome (2005) and the New York University program at Florence (2008-2010). He is also long-term Chair of the Arts Department of St. Stephen's School, Rome, where he has taught since 1966. 


  Additional information: Richard Trythall and Italy, 1964-2002



       Il pianista-compositore Richard Trythall ha studiato composizione e pianoforte presso l'Università del Tennessee e l'Università di Princeton (dove si è laureato in composizione) ed eseguito studi avanzati alla Hochschule für Musik in Berlino, Germania. Come compositore ha ricevuto diversi dei più prestigiosi premi americani: Rome Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Naumburg Recording Award, Fullbright Fellowship, così come sue composizioni sono state commissionate dalla Fromm Music Foundation, dal Dorian Woodwind Quintet e dal Gruppo Percussione Ricerca (Venezia). Le sue composizioni, comprendenti opere per orchestra, piccolo ensemble, per pianoforte solista e per nastro (composizioni elettroniche) sono state eseguite, tra gli altri, a New York: Carnegie Recital Hall, Brooklin Academy; al Tanglewood Festival; all'Aspen Music Festival; in Olanda, Gaudeamus Festival; a Torino, Settembre Musical Festival; Roma, Festival di Nuova Consonanza ed in Germania, Darmstadt Festival. La sua opera per percussioni, Bolero, è stata danzata dal Corpo di Ballo del Teatro Municipale di San Paolo del Brasile, come anche da compagnie di danza in Italia, Sud Africa e Stati Uniti d'America. Registrazioni della sua musica sono disponibili nelle edizioni americane della CRI Records, Aspen Records, come anche ReR Records (GB), Minstrel Records (Italia), Thorofon (Germania).

       Come pianista ha vinto il primo premio al Concorso Kranichstein per interpreti di Musica Contemporanea per Pianoforte a Darmstadt (Germania), nel 1969. Da allora si è esibito molto in Europa ("Biennale di Venezia", "Musica nel Nostro Tempo", Milano; "Festival di Musica Contemporanea", Darmstadt; "Schreyahner Herbst", Luchow, "Progetto Musica", Roma, etc.) ed ha registrato ampiamente per la radio italiana (RAI). Si e' esibito frequentemente come solista con l'Orchestra della Radio di Roma. I suoi concerti per pianoforte privilegiano la musica Americana del XX secolo, spaziando dalle sue stesse composizioni a Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton ed altri. Le sue esecuzioni della musica di Charles Ives e, recentemente, di Jelly Roll Morton, sono state rispettivamente pubblicate dall'etichetta americana Centaur Records (CRC 2285) e dalla casa discografica italiana Musicaimmagine (MR 10047).

       Oltre alla sua attività di compositore e di pianista, Trythall è "Music Liaison" per l'Accademia Americana in Roma, sovrintende ai programmi musicali di quest'istituzione fin dal 1970. Ha frequentemente scritto articoli sulla musica americana per diverse pubblicazioni italiane e, nel 1995, ha organizzato una settimana di concerti svoltisi al Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Roma. Nel 2000 è stato Direttore Artistico del "Euro-America Festival", svoltosi in Acquasanta Terme (Marche).


Anche: Richard Trythall e l'Italia, 1964-2002

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