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Earl Wild (born November 26, 1915) is an American pianist known especially for his transcriptions of classical music and jazz. Wild is recognized widely as a leading virtuoso of his generation. (Harold C. Schonberg called him a supervirtuoso in the Horowitz class). Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wild was a precocious child and studied under Selmar Janson, Simon Barere and Egon Petri, amongst others. As a teenager, he started making transcriptions of romantic music and composition. He is said to have been the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television (in 1939, in his capacity as staff pianist for NBC), and also the first pianist to stream a performance over the internet (in 1997). In 1942, Arturo Toscanini invited him for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the first for orchestra and soloist, which was a resounding success and made him a household name. During World War II, Wild served in the United States Navy as a musician and after the war moved to the newly formed American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a staff pianist, conductor and composer until 1968. Wild is renowned for masterclasses he held throughout the world, from Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo to the United States. Wild, who is openly gay, lives in Palm Springs, California with his partner, Michael Rolland Davis.