What the critics wrote after his latest tour of the Virgin Islands (DEC 2003): '...a tremendous performance...' 'Formidable! Lovable!' 'Somewhere between a lecture recital and Saturday Night Live, with the added benifit of the hightest caliber piano playing between skits.' Julian Lawrence Gargiulo has performed in the United States, Italy, France, Germany and Russia, and always met with both critical and public acclaim. After his Washington debut at the U.S. State Department, the critics said '...Mr. Gargiulo's powerful energy enveloped his audience.'(State Magazine) In Germany '...all the elements for an International career are present: talent, musicality, technique and charisma.'(Garmisch-Partenkirchner Tagblatt) In New York '...a kind of playing reminiscent of Cortot and Rubinstein.' (America Oggi) After his 1997 debut performance at Carnegie Hall, which was recorded by RAI-International television, he was invited back to perform the following two seasons. Along with Mr. Gargiulo's busy schedule of solo engagements, he performs regularly with a variety of other instrumentalists and singers. Recent collaborations include recitals with the Russian soprano Olga Makarina (Metropolitan Opera) and the trumpet player Josef Burgstaller (Canadian Brass). Born and educated in Italy, his studies began at the Verona State Conservatory, and continued at the Academy in Rome. After a one-year internship at the Moscow State Conservatory, he came to the United States, where he received his Bachelor's Degree from Rowan University, his Master's Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and in 2001 completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Maryland. His principal teachers were Randone, Ciccolini, Mezhlumov, Zuponcic, Slutsky, and Rodriguez. Mr. Gargiulo serves on the piano faculty at the Westerhoff School of Music and is the Music Director of the Sacred Heart Concert Series of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Gargiulo currently resides in New York City.