Doors open at 2:30
$15 Adults, $10 Members/Students with I.D. Tickets are not sold in advance, but may be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance.
Julian Lawrence Gargiulo is a dynamic classical pianist who renders the compositions of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision, and fills the concert hall with his personal brand of charm, humor and charisma. He has performed in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, China, and Australia, meeting always with both public and critical acclaim. For his fourth appearance at Glencairn, he will be joined for a second time by the acclaimed trumpet virtuoso, Joe Burgstaller.
Julian has said there’s something special about playing at the Museum. “I remember when I played at Glencairn the first time. I walked out on stage and jokingly remarked it felt both like I was in a castle and a church, and that I didn’t know whether to pray or play. It’s one of the most unique places I’ve played and there’s a special feeling when you’re on that stage that I don’t get anywhere else.” At the conclusion of this concert, which will include pieces by tango composer Astor Piazzolla, classical composers like Chopin, and some of Gargiulo’s original works, the audience is invited to meet the performers at a reception with light refreshments, and toride up nine floors in the Museum’s elevator to the tower observation deck, with its commanding view of the local area and the Philadelphia skyline.
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 with soprano Olga Makarina (Metropolitan Opera), violinists Elizabeth Zeltser (NY Philharmonic), Dmitri Berlinsky (Paganini Gold medalist), Lucio Degani (Solisti Veneti), choreographer Neta Pulvermacher, and composer/conductor Octavio Vazquez. 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).
Recent professional highlights include the release of his seventh CD ‘No Smoking’ with his own original compositions along with works by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and more. Also return tours of Italy, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia and a performance at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall on Jan 13, 2013.
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). Dr. Gargiulo is the founder and artistic director of the Water Island Music Festival in the Virgin Islands.
In 2008 Julian founded the Non-profit organization 16000children.org which brings together musicians, visual artists and filmmakers in creating events to raise awareness for the 16000 children that die of hunger and hunger related diseases in the world every day. Performances worldwide began in March 2010. 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. This year Julian began writing a classical music column called Mostly Classical for the main newspaper in the Cayman Islands, The Cayman Compass. Mr. Gargiulo currently resides in New York City with his wife, Elektra, and their new baby girl, Nikita.
Trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, who teamed with Gargiulo previously in a concert at the Museum, has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his stunning virtuosity, captivating sensitivity and engaging personality. Joe was a child prodigy, beginning the cornet at age six. By age twelve he was improvising jazz and soloing with bands in jazz clubs, and by fifteen was the youngest professional in the Virginia Opera Orchestra. He received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Arizona State University studying with Regents' Professor David Hickman. Other teachers and mentors include Anthony Plog, Stephen Carlson, Jonathan Greenburg, Gary Gompers and David Fedderly. Joe was awarded Arizona State University's Inaugural "Distinguished Alumnus Award", and the Inaugural "Outstanding Alumnus Award" from Eastern Music Festival.
Formerly with Canadian Brass (8 years as a featured trumpeter/arranger and holder of the third longest tenure on trumpet in the history of that famed group) and the avant-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble (6 years), he was also one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists' Community Concerts (alumni include Van Cliburn and Heifetz), performing over 60 solo concerts every year. Burgstaller has performed in front of more than 40 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, and Virginia, to name a few), in more than 50 Music Festivals, and has performed and taught at over 80 universities, conservatories and colleges. His extensive discography includes his solo CDs, ‘License to Thrill’ and ‘The Virtuoso Trumpet,’ and three Top-10 Billboard hits with Canadian Brass. His last two CDs with his New York City-based hit crossover group BM4 (BurgstallerMartignon4), that features Grammy and Oscar-nominated musicians, were Top-50 on the JazzRadio charts and the Roots Radio Report (under Paul Simon and right above the Beastie Boys).
Mr. Burgstaller tours worldwide as a soloist, with BM4, with the revolutionary NY Brass Arts Trio, and in his second decade as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician which has allowed him to reach thousands of students every season. He is on the faculty at the Peabody Institute (the Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches trumpet, chamber music and a special Performance Class series for all instruments called "Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing." Every summer he teaches at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA. The Instrumentalist Magazine has dubbed Joe "The Next Méndez." Dr. Robert Méndez, son of the legendary trumpeter, wrote of Joe: "He's mastered my father's works."