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Cecil Lytle


Cecil  Lytle

B.A., Music, University of Wisconsin.

Pianist; Black music studies, jazz, nineteenth century literature, improvisation, pro-seminar in piano; SONOR (faculty new music ensemble).

Lytle was First Prize winner in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition and since then has earned a reputation as a recitalist performing 19th and 20th century piano music. Indeed, diversity has been a central aspect of his career.

The award-winning Naked Gershwin, presented on public television stations nationally, was produced and performed by Lytle with assistants. This was followed by the 1996 Emmy nomination for the public television series The Nature of Genius.

Lytle has recorded for Nonesuch, Lovely and CRI records and has just released Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Opus 106 and 111) for Klavier Records.

Cecil Lytle served our campus with distinction for more than 34 years in his roles as a Professor of Music, the long-time Provost of Thurgood Marshall College, and as a founding member of the Preuss charter school at the University of California, San Diego.

About the annual Lytle Scholarship Concert: