In 1978, at the suggestion of Wolf Trap's founder and benefactor Mrs. Jouett Shouse, Earl Wild created the Concert Soloists of Wolf Trap, a chamber music ensemble based in Vienna, Virginia at the famous National Park for the Performing Arts (Wolf Trap Farm Park). Mr. Wild's idea in forming the Concert Soloists was to combine mature seasoned performers with talented young musicians. Other Wolf Trap members included violinists: Oscar Shumsky, Aaron Rosand, Lynn Chang and David Kim; cellists: Charles Curtis and Peter Wyrick; harpist Gloria Agostini; guitarist Eliot Fisk; and flutist Gary Schocker. Mr. Wild served not only as the group's founder but also as artistic director and pianist until 1982.
Mr. Wild is also one of today's most recorded pianists, having made his first recording in 1939 for RCA. Since 1939, he has recorded with over twenty different record labels. Some of the labels include: CBS, RCA / BMG, Vanguard, EMI, Nonesuch, Readers Digest, Stradavari, Heliodor, Varsity, dell’Arte, Whitehall, Etcetera, Chesky, Elan, Sony Classical, Philips, and IVORY CLASSICS.
His discography of recorded works includes more than 35 piano concertos, 26 chamber works, and over 700 solo piano pieces. Today at the age of eighty-nine, he still continues to perform concerts and records at least one new disc per year.
In 1997, he received a GRAMMY Award for his disc devoted entirely to virtuoso piano transcrIn 1997, he received a GRAMMY Award for a disc devoted entirely to virtuoso piano transcriptions titled Earl Wild - The Romantic Master (an 80th Birthday Tribute). The thirteen piano transcriptions on this disc comprise a wide range of composers including: Handel, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, J. Strauss Jr., Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Kreisler, Faure, and Saint-Saens. Of these thirteen transcriptions, nine have been written by Mr. Wild and eight were world premiere recordings. This disc is now available in its original HDCD encoded sound on Ivory Classics (CD-70907).