Our Musicians

Karl Tricomi
, Organist of Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church, was born in Philadelphia and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. He attended Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, during which time he served as Organist of Queen of Heaven Parish in Erlton, NJ, and as accompanist to professional singers in Southern NJ and Philadelphia. He was later apointed Organist of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Camden, NJ, where he also served as Assistant Choirmaster and wrote several Masses for their parish choir.

Upon graduation from Bishop Eustace he entered the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student in piano, organ, and composition. While at Eastman he served as staff accompanist for their voice faculty, and for numerous solo instrumentalists and chamber music performers.

After graduating Eastman, Karl entered the Juilliard School for graduate studies in piano and composition. He performed extensively at colleges and universities while in the New York area, and served as accompanist for students of the legendary clarinet teacher, Leon Russianoff. After graduating Juilliard, Karl gave his debut piano recital in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall. This was followed by subsequent performances at Carnegie, and as guest artist on several New York radio broadcasts.

Since that time, Karl's career has continued unabated in the fields of performance, composition, and as church musician. He has served as Organist/Choirmaster of several historic Philadelphia congregations, including St. Paul's Episcopal in Chester, Pa. and St. James'(Old Swedes' Church) in Philadelphia. From 1984-87 he attended Temple University for doctoral studies in composition and choral conducting, with related courses in conducting and RSCM principles of boys' choir direction taken at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ.

Organ recitals have taken Karl to major cities on the East Coast. He performed several festival recitals in Boston, MA. for the Swedenborgian Church, which also commissioned him to write his first Organ Sonata. In the Philadelphia area he has played solo recitals in the concert halls of Longwood Gardens, Irvine Auditorium, and the Philadelphia Musical Academy. His appearances as church recitalist include Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, and the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown.

As a composer, he has written hundreds of works for piano, orchestra, chamber music ensembles, and voice. His works have been performed as part of New York’s' 92nd St. "Y" Concert Series, over WQXR and WNBC Radio, Catholic University, Washington D.C., and as part of Columbia Artists' Community Concerts Series. Among his more interesting premieres are a Pavane and Gaillard for Hammered Dulcimer, first performed at Westminster Choir College, and an operetta for children presented on CBS-TV, Christmas Day, and subsequently at Off-Broadway theatres in New York.

Karl currently teaches piano, theory and composition at the Haddonfield School of Performing Arts where he is frequently heard as soloist and chamber musician in performances of his own as well as others' music. In 1995 he performed Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with the HSPA Orchestra, and in 1997, Beethoven's Fourth Concerto. His students have received numerous awards and distinctions on local and state levels, and have been scholarship or grant recipients at a number of major universities including Princeton, Chicago and New York Universities. He has been active on the Executive Committee and as Educational Chairman of the American Guild of Organists' SW Jersey Chapter. He also serves as President of the South Jersey Music Teachers' Association and performs from time to time as jazz pianist.

PRESS:

"The accompaniment, played by Karl Tricomi, a graduate of the Juilliard School, was superb."
---Long Island Times


"The Liszt B Minor Sonata displayed the fleetness of his fingers, dramatic intensity, and beautiful cantabile playing."
---Standard Star (New Rochelle)


"The tour-de-force of the evening was the 'Episodes for Two Pianos' by Karl Tricomi, a young man from whom we hope to hear much more."
---The Vineland Times Journal


"There is no denying Karl Tricomi's potential as a concert artist." "There was always something to admire in his performances...." "Karl Tricomi is a dynamic young pianist; he played expertly, aggressively, and with a wide range of dynamics.
---New York Times


Further information may be obtained at http://www.karltricomi.com/
 




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