Virginia DiTullio Royer

Virginia DiTullio Royer

Pianist

Virginia DiTullio Royer was a cum laude graduate of Occidental College. Here principal piano studies were with Alex Karnback, then pianist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and her uncle, Mario DiTullio, who studied in Germany with Karl Leimer, a renown teacher who taught Walter Geiseking. Her early training included years of experience in accompanying the students of her father’s cello class, an occupation she continued throughout her father’s life. She was considered an expert accompanist of the cello literature, including some accompanying for Gregor Piatigorsky’s cello class at USC. She also accompanied her uncle, Kurt Reher, principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She was also an expert accompanist of the flute, having frequently appeared in recitals with her sister Louise DiTullio. Virginia began her career performing recitals with her father, Joseph DiTullio, and soon after with her father and sister in the DiTullio Trio. After her father retired, her son, Ronald Royer, joined the trio. She was heard in many recitals throughout the United States, including regularly performing on radio broadcasts from the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum Chamber Music Concerts broadcast live on KFAC FM. She recorded two records of flute and piano music with Louise: one of music by Ferdinand, Friedrich Kuhlau, and Carl Reinecke for the Genesis label, and the other featuring the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Pierre Sancan, and Niccolo Paganini for the Crystal Record Company.

About a performance of the Pierre Sancan Sonatine pour Flute et Piano (which she recorded with Louise), Albert Goldberg wrote in the Los Angeles Times “Ensemble took on particularly fine shades of meaning … they achieved a rapport rarely encountered. There was never a subtlety, and there were lots of them, in the flute part that was not echoed with equal finesse by the piano”.

In the 1980’s, Virginia was the keyboard player (piano and harpsichord) for the Glendale Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her performance activities, she was a wonderful piano teacher.

The DiTullio Trio: Joseph, Louise & Virginia
Louise DiTullio & Virginia DiTullio Royer

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The DiTullio Trio: Louise, Virginia, Joseph