While many concert artists are described as "versatile",
Lincoln Mayorga is the personification of the word. Few pianists
enjoy concurrent successes in the traditional concert world and
in the field of popular music and jazz. Mr. Mayorga is that rare
performer who is greatly admired in both.
The descendent of a pianistic line which began
with Beethoven and continued through Carl Czerny, Leschetizky, Arthur
Schnabel and his own teacher, Aube Tzerko, Mr. Mayorga balanced
his traditional training with the contemporary teachings of Leonard
Shure and Gyorgy Sandor.
His performances include collaborations with such
artists as Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tilson Thomas, Richard Stolzman,
Gerard Schwarz, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, among
others. During the past several seasons, his concert tours have
taken him to Russia, Europe and over 200 cities in North America.
In 1988, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra engaged him as soloist
in their first concert devoted entirely to American music--from
which the Gershwin selections were released as "A Gershwin
Celebration," on Sheffield Lab (10044-2)
Lincoln Mayorga's talents are widely recognized
in Hollywood where he was staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios,
and performed on the soundtracks of "The Competition,"
"The Rose," "Harold & Maude," "Splash"
and many other films, as well as such television programs as "Highway
to Heaven." "Little House on the Prairie" and "Dallas."
His composing credits include background scores for the hit series
"Fame." In the pop music field, he has accompanied and
written arrangements for Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Vikki
Carr, Andy Williams, Mel Tormè and Quincy Jones.
During recent seasons, Mr. Mayorga has appeared
in hundreds of recitals across the U.S. as well as in concerto performances,
including such diverse repertoire as the Beethoven "Triple"
and Bolling's "Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio,"
of which he gave the West Coast premiere. The latest of his many
recording projects include the complete Chopin Preludes and works
by Brahms and Prokofiev (Sheffield Lab 10505-2). He has also recently
completed recordings of songs by Irving Berlin, featuring Margie
Gibson (Sheffield Lab 10036-2) and songs by George Gershwin and
Jerome Kern, with soprano Marni Nixon (Reference Recordings). Mr.
Mayorga was recently featured as a guest on "Piano Jazz,"
Marion McPartland's popular radio show on NPR.