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
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
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
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.
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Further accruals are expected.