Mr. Wild originally wrote six of his Virtuoso Etudes based on Gershwin songs in the late 1950's, all of which were revised in 1976 (Etude No.3 The Man I Love was originally written for left hand alone). He wrote a seventh Etude (Fascinatin' Rhythm) in 1976.
In 1981 Mr. Wild composed thirteen piano transcriptions from a selected group of Rachmaninoff songs: Floods of Spring, Midsummer Nights, The Little Island, Where Beauty Dwells, In the Silent Night, Vocalise, On the Death of a Linnet, The Muse, O, Cease Thy Singing, To the Children, Dreams, Sorrow in Springtime, and Do not Grieve.
In 1982, Mr. Wild recorded twelve of these Rachmaninoff song transcriptions for dellArte Records. In 1991, four of his transcriptions (Vocalise, Floods of Spring, In the Silent Night and Do not Grieve) were also recorded for Chesky Records.
In 1986, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the death of Franz Liszt, Earl Wild was awarded a Liszt Medal by the People's Republic of Hungary in recognition of his long and devoted association with this great composer's music.
Also in 1986 Mr. Wild was asked to participate in a television documentary titled gWild about Liszt,h which was filmed at Wynyard, the Marques of Londonderry's family estate in Northern England. The program won the British Petroleum Award for best musical documentary that year.
Liszt is a composer who has been closely associated with Mr. Wild throughout his long career as he has been performing Liszt recitals for over fifty years. In New York City in 1961, he gave a monumental solo Liszt recital celebrating the 150th anniversary of Liszt's birth. More recently in 1986, honoring the 100th anniversary of Liszt's death, he gave a series of three different recitals titled Liszt the Poet, Liszt the Transcriber, and Liszt the Virtuoso in New York's Carnegie Hall and many other recital halls throughout the world. Championing composers such as Liszt long before they were gfashionableh is part of the foundation on which Mr. Wild has built his long and successful career.
He has also given numerous performances of works by neglected Nineteenth Century composers such as: Nikolai Medtner, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Xaver Scharwenka, Karl Tausig, Mily Balakirev, Eugen d'Albert, Moriz Moszkowski, Reynaldo Hahn and countless others.
In addition to pursuing his own concert and composing career, Earl Wild has actively supported young musicians all his life. He has taught classes in the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and the Sun Wha School in Seoul, as well as numerous master classes in US cities and all over the world.
Mr. Wild has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School of Music, University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, Penn State University, Manhattan School of Music and The Ohio State University. He currently holds the title of Distinguished Visiting Artist at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a position her has held for the last 13 years.
In 1996, Carnegie Mellon honored Mr. Wild with their Alumni Merit Award and in the fall of 2000 they further honored him with their more prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award.