Richard Egizi was born on Oct. 27, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and began the study of Trombone at the age of eight. At age 15, he began his professional career as a Trombone Soloist and Band Leader on the Al Jarvis and Betty White television show, aired on KTLA.
Richard's father Alfred Torquato Egizi, was born at the Palace in Constantinople, Turkey, while his Grandfather resided as Music Director for the Sultan. Alfred later became the the music director for KDKA/NBC. Richard studied music with his father, starting with the trombone, and after 6 years, additionally became interested in the piano. Richard then began to study composition and orchestration.
In the 1960s and 1970s, he composed music for many Radio and Television Commercials and Films, as well as wrote special arrangements for artists on various record labels. Richard later became an RCA staff writer. Other accomplisshments include acting as a arranger for United Artists, Universal, Mercury, Decca, Reprise, CBS, Columbia and Capital Records, wrote title music for ABC television series, "Never Too Young", also co-producer and composer for the ABC television special "Biography of the Beat."
During the 1980s and 1990s, Richard orchestrated the music for MGMs "Voices". Other accomplishments include working with various artists; Les McCann, Sugar Loaf, Butron Cummings, and Music Director for Barry White.
Currently Richard has turned his attention to writing the more serious music he's always intended to write.
Portraits of Rochelle
Richard Egizi had the opportunity to meet Rochelle Weinstein and was later commisssioned to write "Portraits of Rochelle" by her son Vladimir Weinstein to celebrate her life.
Rochelle was born in Poland in 1924 and migrated to Russia in 1941 where she met and married her husband. The advancing German Armies forced them to flee to Uzbekistan, where 2 sons and a daughter were born. In 1958, Polish refugees were allocated to return to Poland, which they did, but in 1961 the family migrated, this time to America, where their fourth child, another daughter was born.
Rochelle ensured that the family was formally educated and her granddaughter became an accomplished violinist. The family became extemely successful due to Vladimir's entrepreneurial ability.
Rochelle passed away on the 13th of February, 2009.
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