THOMAS Y. TIRINO

THOMAS Y. TIRINO

Concert Pianist  · Musicologist /Teacher/Lecturer  · Conductor  ·  Arranger/Composer

EDUCATION

  • Master of Music, Performing Arts Division, The Juilliard School of Music, New York, 1988
  • Bachelor of Music Performing Arts Division, The Juilliard School of Music, New York, 1986
  • Graduation Diploma of Music, Pre-College Division, The Juilliard School of Music, New York 1979

PIANO STUDIES/COACHING

  • Sascha Gorodnitizki
  • Györgi Sándor
  • Sylvia Rabinof
  • Herbert Stessin
  • Edgar Roberts
  • Miyoko Nakaya-Lotto

VOCAL STUDIES/COACHING

  • Alberta Maisiello
  • Janet Bookspan
  • Henry Lewis
  • Jerry Hadley (performed together)
  •  Renata Scotto

CHORAL CONDUCTING STUDIES

  • Richard Westenburg

COMPOSITION STUDIES

  • Andrew Thomas
  • David Diamond

PIANO PEDAGOGY STUDIES

  • Jane Carlson (studies at Juilliard)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

MASTERCLASSES AND LECTURES GIVEN (SELECTION)

  • Masterclasses and lectures at North Central College, Naperville, Illinois;
  • Lecture/class teaching at College of Du Page, Du Page, Illinois;
  • Recital/lecture at Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois.
  • Master classes at Centro “Odilio Urfe” in Havana, Cuba;
  • Lecture and recital at Miramar Cultural Center on Lecuona, Miramar, Florida, 2015

JUROR ACTIVITIES

  • Has served as a juror in several competitions, including the First International Lecuona competition in Havana, Cuba.

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

  1. Appearance both as a solo recitalist and with orchestras in standard classical and Latin American piano music in the major cities of the United States, Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean. Selected performance appearances include:
  • Broward Center for Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale (including the performance of the Piano Concerto by Leroy Anderson for the centennial celebrations of composer’s birth, 2008; and US Premiere of  Lecuona’s DEL MANGLAR, Symphonic Poem for Soprano, Piano & Orchestra rediscovered by Tirino in Cuba.)
  • Bolshoi Hall and Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow, Russia
  • Bolshoi Philharmonic Hall & Yusupov Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. (all Liszt Programs)
  • Bolshoi Philharmonic Hall, Minsk, Byelorussia
  • Tchaikovsky home/museum in Klin, Russia (all Tchaikovsky performance programs);
  • Toronamon Hall and Yamaha Halls, Tokyo
  • Lincoln Center, New York City
  • Symphony Hall, Boston
  • Teatro Nacional, (Recital of Lecuona and Liszt); Gran Teatro de la Habana, “Garcia Lorca,” and Biblioteca Nacional, Havana, Cuba;-(all televised recitals)
  • Teatro Nacional Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
  • Teatro Melico Salazar, San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Philharmonic Hall, Krakow, Poland
  • Philharmonic Hall, Gdansk, Poland
  • Philharmonic Hall, Opole, Poland
  • Philharmonic Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria in Sofia Music Weeks Festival
  1. Performances with orchestras, including:
  • The Boston Pops, with Keith Lockhart
  • Orquesta Sinfónica of Tenerife, with Victor Pablo Perez; (gave world premiere Lecuona’s Rapsodia Argentina)
  • The Polish National Symphony Orchestra
  • Krakow Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Opole Polish Philharmonic
  • Baltic Gdansk Philharmonic
  • Bulgarian Radio Orchestra (gave World premiere of any work by MacDowell in Bulgaria, performing Piano Concerto No.2 in Sofia, Bulgaria with Vassil Kazandjiev)
  • Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Costa Rica
  • National Symphony of Botosani, Romania
  • Orchestra “Gileja” of Kherson, Ukraine
  • Portland Symphony
  • Jacksonville Symphony
  • Dayton Philharmonic with Charles W. Wilson
  • Symphony of the Americas. with James Brooks-Bruzzese(including world premieres of Lecuona’s Rapsodia Cubana & DEL MANGLAR)
  1. Selected appearances on television and radio:
  • Television performances in Moscow, Russia 1992
  • CBS-TV News NYC 1991
  • PBS TV throughout USA
  • Numerous Interviews and live performances on NPR Radio throughout USA
  • Live performances and interviews on local classical music stations in USA and abroad, including WQXR-FM NYC and KUHF-FM Houston, Texas; Radio Cologne, Germany; St. Petersburg express radio, St. Petersburg, Russia.

COMPETITIONS, AWARDS (SELECTION)

  • PTNA International Competition (Silver Medalist), All-Nippon Television Award, Mikimoto Prize, and Seida-Manzoku University Award, Tokyo, Japan
  • The Gina Bachauer Award, The Juilliard School of Music
  • Citation of honor for contribution to Polish culture, Paderewski Foundation USA
  • Citation of honor as first American to perform at Yusupov Palace, Petersburg; Russia
  • Citation of honor from Klin Museum at Tchaikovsky’s Home in Klin, Russia, for outstanding research and performance of music of Tchaikovsky

COMMERCIAL RECORDINGS AND BOOKS

RECORDINGS:

  • Ernesto Lecuona: Complete Works for Piano and Piano & Orchestra, Vols. 1-5 (5 BIS CD)
  • E. MacDowell: The Piano Concerti with the Bulgarian Radio Orchestra (Centaur CD)
  • I. Paderewski: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra, with the Polish National Symphony (Newport Classics CD)
  • Joaquín Nin: The Complete Piano Music (KOCH International Classics CD)
  • Ernesto Nazareth: Piano Music (KOCH International Classics CD)
  • Ernesto Lecuona: Suite Andalucía (for University of Miami, Casa Bacardi,Florida – VIDEO)

BOOKS:

  • Tirino-Lecuona Edition, Vol.1(editor): 7 Danzas Cubanas Tipicas, E. B. Marks Music, 2000
  • Tirino-Lecuona Edition, Vol. 2 (editor): Valses de Concierto, E. B. Marks Music, 2002
  • Tirino-Lecuona Edition, Vol 3 Comprehensive edition-221 pages (editor) E. B. Marks Music -February 2016
  • Introduction/Forward to “Placido Domingo: Always in My Heart, The Songs of Ernesto Lecuona,” E. B. Marks Music, 1997

DEDICATIONS/WORKS WRITTEN FOR TIRINO

  • David Diamond: “Meditation on Kol Nidrei” for piano solo. Written for and dedicated to Thomas Y. Tirino,(Tirino gave World premiere performance in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for his NYC Recital Debut)

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

  1. “Fingers Ablaze” (TIME Magazine, November 1995: Lecuona Piano Music Vol CD chosen as one of the ten best recordings of 1995 from all musical  categories)
  2. “He has a big technique. Just how big became evident.” (The New York Times)
  3. “His Performances have reached legendary status.” “Tirino strikes the right balance of zest and tender lyricism.” (Miami Herald, Florida)
  4. “Tirino stands out as one of the major musical events in the life of the city” (St. Petersburg Express, St. Petersburg, Russia)
  5. “The Latin Lover” “His cut-glass virtuosity and wickedly seductive charm are Truly formidable”. (Gramophone Magazine International)
  6. “The Gypsy King” “Tirino gave the most dazzling displays of prestidigitation heard  all year” (Sun-Sentinel Times, Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

GALAS, RED CARPET EVENTS/SOCIETY EVENTS

Tirino has been invited to appear at many societies and Hollywood star gala functions.

These include:

  1.  Performance at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremonies, NY City in 1997 sharing a stage with Tony Bennett, Judy Collins, Skitch Henderson & others
  2. Award co-presenter with Renee Fleming at the Fifi International Fragrance Awards. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NY City in 2000
  3. Performed at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Award ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2005

Invited as the first person to perform at Cuban Embassy building in Washington, D.C. since its closure in 1959-gave 3 subsequent recitals in this Cuban Interests Section run by the Swiss, of the music of Lecuona and other Latin American Composers

MUSICOLOGY

  • Extensive research into musical styles and forms of Spanish and Latin American music, including thorough and specific research into Afro-Cuban culture: its traditions, religion, and musical forms with their origins from West Africa. Thorough study of dance and musical forms of Spain and the composers Granados (work with Alicia de La Roccha) & Falla;
  • Specific research on composers Nin and Nin-Culmell (Cuba) prepared with Nin-Culmell, Nin’s son; Nazareth (Brazil) and Guastavino (Argentina)
  • Extensive research into music by MacDowell, Tchaikovsky (in Russia), and Paderewski
  • Collaboration with David Diamond on his music
  • Responsible for the large revival in the music of Ernesto Lecuona, unearthing many long-forgotten manuscripts, scores, researching the composer’s recordings, piano rolls, and performing style, and giving numerous world premieres of his works
  • Extensive musicological research done in Collections in Cuba, Spain, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and the USA with manuscripts and all published editions, as well as personal transcriptions of the piano roll and unreleased recorded versions of E. Lecuona’s works
  • Worked with performers who performed with E. Lecuona, and further research with the members of the E. Lecuona family
  • Commissioned to write original Spanish Libretto for Lecuona opera by Lecuona estate.
  • Supervision of and advice to Cuban musical organizations in Cuba in conjunction with SGAE of Spain regarding proper cataloguing and labeling all of E. Lecuona’s music for research books with unique knowledge
  • First-person allowed unrestricted access to and given permission to photocopy and take out of the Cuba parts of E. Lecuona’s personal music collection in Havana, Cuba, resulting in rediscovery in many lost works by the composer
  • Editor for the re-publication of Lecuona’s piano music (three volumes published)
  • Collaboration with the Lecuona estate with the endorsement of his heirs

Thomas Tirino is considered the leading world authority and interpreter of the music of Ernesto Lecuona, as well as viewed as a major exponent of Spanish and Latin American music in general.

AFFILIATIONS

Steinway Artist Roster
Member of BMI Composers

FOREIGN LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Fluent: Spanish, French, and Italian (speak, read, write);
German (speak, read, write); Greek (speak, read, write);
Russian (speak, read), Polish (speak, read);
Some Hebrew & Yiddish (Speak some, read, write);
Some Japanese (speak, read some); Some Korean and Chinese (Speak some)


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