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Julian Gargiulo: Pianist with the Hair

July 30, 2021 | 7:00 pm


Sponsored by McDonald’s of Boone

This year’s series is dedicated to the memory of Larry Freiman, a generous and devoted supporter of An Appalachian Summer Festival’s classical music programming.

Julian Gargiulo, commonly referred to as “Pianist with the Hair” because of his distinctive look, is a renowned classical pianist and composer who performs all over the world, in prestigious venues from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Singapore’s Symphony Stage. He has performed in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, China, and Australia, to both public and critical acclaim. In 2014, Julian was named a Steinway Artist.

Julian performs regularly throughout the world in halls such as Carnegie Hall (U.S.), United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium (U.S.), Moscow Conservatory Hall (Russia), Verona Philharmonic Hall (Italy), Esplanade (Singapore), and Seymour Theatre Centre (Australia). Collaborations include performances with soprano Olga Makarina (Metropolitan Opera), trumpet virtuoso Joe Burgstaller (Canadian Brass), and violinists Elizabeth Zeltser (NY Philharmonic) and Dmitri Berlinsky (Gold Medal Paganini Competition). TV and radio appearances include stations such as National Public Radio, SiriusXM, HGTV, RAI Uno (Italy), RAI 2 (Italy) Costume e Societá, RAI Tre (Italy), RAI International (Italy), RTN (Russia), CTV (Canada), Radio One – CBS (USVI), Paradise Radio (USVI) and SBS (Australia).

The evening’s program will combine standard classical repertoire, tango transcription and original music, including works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Piazzolla, Gargiulo and more.

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts – Limited in-person seating available for live indoor performance. Due to social distancing requirements, seats are grouped primarily in groups of two to six. Please call the box office for special seating requests.
Livestream – A partnership with The Violin Channel allows this event to be livestreamed free of charge.
Where to Watch: Facebook Live at @anappalachiansummerfestival or @theviolinchannel, or via Appalachian Summer Festival YouTube Live.

Following the concert, the recording will be available to view for a period of 7 days at theviolinchannel.com.

ESTIMATED SHOW LENGTH: 75 minutes; no intermission

FOR INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Contact theschaefercenter@appstate.edu, call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046, visit in person the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC, or purchase online.

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ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

The Violin Channel

In-person: $35 per person

Livestream: FREE

Friday, July 30, 2021 | 7pm (in-person); doors open at 6:30pm
Friday, July 30, 2021 | 7pm ET (livestream)


Born and educated in Italy, with dual U.S. and Italian citizenship, Julian 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 Water Island Music Festival in the Virgin Islands, currently in its 17th season, which brings together classical and jazz musicians for three days of music. Julian also devotes his time and talent performing and raising funds for numerous charities worldwide.

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 named Artistic Director of Crossing Borders, a Hunter College (NY) program which presents established foreign artists currently living in New York. In 2010, Julian began writing a classical music column 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 that rotates yearly between violin, cello, and voice. Currently in its 8th 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 2018, Julian produced the short documentary Getting to Carnegie, which was an Official Selection in the New York Independent Film Festival and awarded the Marion Herrman Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the 2019 Sedona International Film Festival.

His music and recordings have appeared in movies and documentaries, most recently in the official trailer of the latest Keira Knightley film, The Aftermath, produced by Ridley Scott. In 2020, Julian and his wife Elektra started a new music series called “One Classical Minute” (www.oneclassicalminute.com), described as “High Culture in Low Doses” for everything you never wanted to know about classical music, and never bothered to ask. Julian currently splits his time between New York and Paris.

For more information, visit pianistwiththehair.com.


Canadian Brass


“Expect to revise any preconceived notions you have about classical music concerts.” —Huffington Post

“He’s the only classical musician I know who could truly be regarded as a rock star as well.” —The Courier Mail

Saturday Night Live meets Carnegie Hall.” —Huffington Post

“Julian builds a rapport with his listeners…a formula that works.” —TimeOut Singapore

“He was in town last night…he’s just brilliant….there are not enough words to describe the genius behind him….because when he sits down and plays, you are watching a Beethoven or Chopin …years from now your grandkids and great-grandkids will be talking about Julian. He’s just magnificent.” ABC-TV


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July 30, 2021
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