• 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.