Julian Lawrence Gargiulo



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Julian Lawrence Gargiulo, commonly referred to as “Pianist with the Hair” because of his distinctive look, is a renowned classical pianist, composer, and humorist who performs all over the world, in prestigious venues from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Singapore’s Symphony Stage and has been featured on Radio and TV stations in North America, Europe, and Asia, and most recently on BBC Radio 3 in London.  His first recording for Deutsche Grammophon with violinist María Dueñas was released to wide acclaim this year. Julian was named a Steinway Artist in 2014.

What the critics are saying:

     "expect to revise any preconceived notions you have about classical music concerts"  (Huffington Post)

     "dazzling technique and white-hot interpretations"  (Fanfare Magazine)

     "...a stunning mastery of the instrument."  (News Review)

     "...exquisite Gershwin...a romantic pianist...with a particular sensibility for Schumann."  (L'Arena di Verona)

     "...a marvelous non-stop flow of pure Woody Allen-ish wit."  (Kathimerini)

Mr. Gargiulo performs regularly throughout the world in halls such as Carnegie Hall (US), United Nations' Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium (US), Moscow Conservatory Hall (Russia), Verona Philharmonic Hall (Italy), The Esplanade (Singapore) and the Seymour Theatre Centre (Australia).  Collaborations include performances/recordings with soprano Olga Makarina (Metropolitan Opera), violinists María Dueñas (1st Prize Menuhin Competition), Elizabeth Zeltser (NY Philharmonic), Dmitri Berlinsky (Paganini Gold medalist), Lucio Degani (Solisti Veneti), choreographer Neta Pulvermacher, composer/conductor Octavio Vazquez and trumpet virtuoso Joe Burgstaller (Canadian Brass).  TV and Radio appearances include stations such as RAI Uno TV (Italy), RAI Tre TV (Italy), RAI International TV (Italy), CTV (Canada), RTN TV (Russia), RAI Uno Radio (Italy), Radio One - CBS (USVI), Paradise Radio (USVI) and SBS Radio (Australia).

Born and educated in Italy, with dual U.S. and Italian citizenship, Mr. Gargiulo studied at the Verona State Conservatory (Randone), the Mugi Academy in Rome (Ciccolini) and the Moscow State Conservatory (Mezhlumov).  In the United States he received his Bachelor's Degree at Rowan University (Zuponcic), Master's Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (Slutsky), and his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Maryland (Rodriguez).

In 2005 Julian started the in the Virgin Islands, currently in its 19th season, which brings together classical and jazz musicians for two days of music.

Founder of 16000children, a Non-profit dedicated to raising awareness for the children who die of hunger in the world every day, Julian also devotes his time and talent performing and raising funds for numerous other charities worldwide.

In 2009 Julian was also named Artistic Director of 'Crossing Borders', a Hunter College (NY) program which presents established foreign artists currently living in NY.

In 2010 Julian began writing a classical music column called Mostly Classical for the main newspaper in the Cayman Islands, The Cayman Compass.

In 2015 Julian presented the first edition of 'Getting to Carnegie', an International Music Competition which rotates yearly between Violin, Cello, and Voice. Currently in its 9th Edition, after an initial online round, four finalists perform a composition written by Julian at Carnegie Hall, and the audience votes for the winner. In 2022, to match the growing audience numbers, the competition was appropriately rebranded as The World’s Biggest Stage - an official NonProfit 501c3. Previous winners include Nathan Meltzer and María Dueñas.

Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax and US Poet Laureate Billy Collins have recently joined the Honorary Board of the Competition, alongside longtime supporters Susan and Chip Fisher.

The short documentary "Getting to Carnegie", based on the competition, has screened at movie festivals in the United States and Europe. It was an Official Selection in New York's Independent Film Festival and won the Marion Herman Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the 2019 Sedona International Film Festival.

Julian's music and recordings have appeared in movies and documentaries, most recently in the ‘Official Trailer’ of Keira Knightley’s new film, “The Aftermath”, produced by Ridley Scott.

In 2020 Julian and his wife Elektra started a New Music Series called One Classical Minute described as “High Culture in Low Doses” for everything you never wanted to know about classical music, and never bothered to ask.

In 2022 Julian recorded his Violin Sonata No. 4 "From the Window" with María Dueñas in Vienna and Deutsche Grammophon licensed the video which was released on their streaming platform Stage + in 2024

Recent highlights include return tours of Europe, Asia, and the United States and a recording of his Violin Sonata No. 4 with María Dueñas.

Julian currently splits his time between New York and Brussels.