Tony Trischka
Banjo Player
Fair Lawn, NJ
2012 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Friends of USA.

Celebrated and innovative banjo player Tony Trischka has inspired many other progressive players. Trischka started playing the banjo in 1963 and played with numerous bands until the 1980s, when he began recording with his band, Skyline, and worked on the soundtrack for Driving Miss Daisy. His 2007 album, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, featured appearances by Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, and many other banjo luminaries, and received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards as well as a Grammy nomination. Trischka also received an IBMA award for Banjo Player of the Year.

Portrait photo courtesy James Porto.
  • Artwork by Tony Trischka
    Tony Trischka Territory, 2008; photo credit Michael Stewart
Artwork by Tony Trischka