Lincoln Mayorga Biography
Born and raised in Los Angeles, he is the descendant of an impressive pianistic line that begins with Beethoven and continues through Czerny, Leschetizky, Schnabel and his own teacher, Aube Tzerko. While developing his extensive repertoire of classical and romantic European piano music, he displayed an affinity for more popular American styles. For many years, Lincoln enjoyed one of the busiest studio careers in Hollywood. He was the staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios and contributed to the soundtracks of such motion pictures as "Chinatown," "Pete's Dragon," "The Competition," "The Rose," and "Ragtime," to name a few. His television credits include "Little House on the Prairie," "Highway to Heaven," "Dallas," and original scores for "Fame."
As an accompanist and arranger in the field of popular music, he has assisted such greats as Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Vikki Carr, Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Andy Williams, and Quincy Jones. Lincoln is also co-founder of the renowned audiophile record label Sheffield Lab, for which he produced recordings by a range of artists from Harry James and his band to Erich Leinsdorf and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Since 1989 he has lived in the woods of upstate New York where he composes, teaches, and prepares for concert tours which have taken his diverse 18th through 20th century repertoire to better than two-hundred cities across the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia. His performing collaborations have been with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Josef Suk, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Stoltzman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwartz and many distinguished American orchestras. Notably, he has become recognized as a champion of American music. The Moscow Philharmonic invited him to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue and Variations on I Got Rhythm in their first concert devoted to American music. The recordings derived from that concert have been widely praised in the music press and are often played in the radio.
Lincoln has been the featured guest on "Piano Jazz," Marion McPartland's popular program on National Public Radio. He recently completed the composition of a piano concerto, "Angels' Flight," which reflects his eclectic music life.