Karl Tricomi, piano teacher at the NJ School of Music in Cherry Hill, holds a Bachelor of Music degree and the Master of Science degree in piano performance from the Eastman and Juilliard Schools respectively, and has completed doctoral courses in composition at Temple University.
At Eastman he studied piano with Jose Echaniz and Earl Wild, composition with Samuel Adler and Burrill Phillips, and organ with David Craighead. He also took courses in music pedagogy with Gladys Leventon and Wallace Gray, among others, and studied accompanying with Brooks Smith. While at Eastman he was awarded a fellowship as an accompanist for student recitals, and for master classes of the noted Wagnerian baritone, Julius Heuhn.
At Juillliard, Karl studied piano with Katherine Bacon and music literature and theory with Hugh Aitken. He also served as accompanist and coach for the clarinet students of Leon Russianoff.
He attended Temple University for doctoral courses, studying composition with Clifford Taylor and Maurice Wright, stylistic analysis with Jan Krwzwicki, and music history with Mildred Parker and Eve Meyer.
Karl made his New York solo debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Recital Hall) and has since performed extensively in the United States and Europe. Concert engagements have taken him to cities such as Boston and Washington in the U.S. and to Rome and Assisi in Italy. In Rome he appeared with the Rome Festival Orchestra, and performed as soloist, accompanist, and in numerous chamber music recitals.
As a composer, Karl's works have been performed widely in the United States and Europe. Performances of his music have taken place at Temple University, Catholic University, New York's 92nd Street,"Y" and have been recorded on the Centaur record label.
Karl also plays jazz and cocktail piano from time to time and has appeared at such venues as The 4 Seasons in Philadelphia and the Viennese cafe in Cherry Hill. He has served as music director for productions at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, as well as off-Broadway productions in New York.
Karl's teaching experience includes the Riverdale Country Day School in the Bronx, N.Y., the Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and Rowan College at Burlington County. A teacher for many years, he has taught classes as well as private lessons in piano, theory, and music appreciation. His students have been accepted at colleges such as Peabody Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and Northwestern University, and have won numerous competitions, including the New Jersey Music Teachers' Association and Arts 4 Teens.
His philosophy of teaching, however, is inclusive of students of all levels and abilities. Students of a more elementary level are as important to him as the more advanced, and he seeks to instill in every student a love of music, the development of a musical ear, and creative sensitivity. His approach to teaching is positive and relaxed and allows the student to learn at their own pace and takes their musical tastes into consideration. His philosophy of teaching may be summarized is as follows:
"Successful teaching results from the personal and musical experiences of the teacher, and the ability to relate to and engage students. Students should perceive that the teacher loves teaching and catch the wave of his enthusiasm, both for the music, and for the students themselves".
Karl teaches: Piano, Music Theory and Composition
Lessons with Karl are available on Thursday at the NJ School of Music in Cherry Hill.