Pianist Earl Wild dies at 94

First to perform solo recital on American television in 1939

NEW YORK -- Earl Wild, the first pianist to give a solo recital on American television, died Saturday of congestive heart disease at his Palm Springs home. He was 94.

Wild's first televised recital came in 1939, when NBC began transmitting its first commercial live musical telecasts.

His last public performance came at the February 2008 Grammy Salute to Classical Music event at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, where he was an honoree and received the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy.

He continued to teach until last week.

"Wild was a remarkable classical pianist with an innate gift and a pure passion for his art," said academy president and CEO Neil Portnow. "He was predestined to take his place among the great pianists of the world, and his work will be forever remembered and revered by generations to come."
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