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Tryon, Valerie, 1934-
 
Valerie Tryon fonds. – 1941-2012. – 64 cm of textual and photographic records, and 31 audio recordings.
 
 
Valerie Tryon was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1934 to Kenneth and Iris Tryon. Her career as a concert pianist began while she was still a child. She made her first concert appearance when she was nine years old, in the Royal Hall, Harrogate. She was one of the youngest students ever to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Music, where she received the highest awards in piano playing, including the Macfarren Gold Medal and a bursary which took her to Paris for further study with the distinguished teacher Jacques Février.  
 
Her participation in the 1956 International Liszt Piano Competition in Budapest gained for her an hors concours and brought her to the attention of the British Broadcasting Corporation. Thereafter, she appeared regularly on BBC radio, BBC television, and several times in the BBC Promenade Concerts. Her career eventually took her to North America where she has appeared in such cities as Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She now lives in Canada but spends a part of each year in her native Britain.
 
Tryon has returned to Hungary since the 1956 Competition, forming over the years a deep affection for Budapest and the Hungarian people. In 1994 the Hungarian Ministry of Culture awarded her the Ferenc Liszt Medal for her lifelong commitment to, and promotion of Liszt’s music.
 
The majority of the material for this collection, especially the early material, comes from two scrapbooks maintained by Valerie Tryon’s father, Kenneth. These consisted of newspaper clippings, photographs, concert programs, and other ephemera. In rehousing this material it was not always possible to safely detach them from their original housing. As a result, the items do not always appear strictly in chronological order.  
 
This collection is arranged chronologically and by occasion to reflect the original order of the  
material.
 
 
The fonds description is excerpted from a longer article, which can be found in its entirety in the hard copy of the finding aid, which is available in the Reading Room.
Title based on the content of the fonds.
The first accrual was donated in 2013.
Finding aid available in hard copy and electronically. 
There are no access restrictions. 
Further accruals are expected. 

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