A conversation with Julian Lawrence Gargulio before his Carnegie Hall performance (New York, Greece, Italy, Paris)

Meet Musician Julian Lawrence Gargulio, A conversation with Julian before his Carnegie Hall performance

Introduce yourself (tell us about you).When did you start performing? Did you always know you wanted to be a musician?

Lately I’ve been reevaluating my entire life through the eyes of my 1-year-old baby Nikita. What she does, sees, thinks, (when she’s not screaming, that is) has become what I do, see and think. The advantage (and disadvantage) of being a child is that everything is new, fresh, exciting. I started playing the piano when I was 13-years-old, a very late start by most professional standards. The great advantage was being aware right from the start that this was what I wanted to do right. Had to do. No additional encouragement required.

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

When you are a classical pianist, the musicians you most admire are dead, German, and men.

When you are a classical pianist, the musicians you most admire are dead, German, and men.

Paying the rent? Okay, I’ve performed in some of the best venues around the world in some of the most amazing cities, but I think what I’m most proud of as a musician are my own compositions. In particular, my most recent piano pieces, my Sonata for Piano and Violin and my Sonata for Piano and Trumpet, “The Lost Sonata”.

Outside of being a classical pianist, are there any other instruments that you play?

Whenever I get this question I always wonder if someone who is lawyer is asked if he also practices medicine on the side. I just play the piano.

You have played in many places throughout the world, do you have a favorite place you have played and why?

I think of all the places I play, New York audiences are the ones that get me best. They are the most fun. Enthusiastic, energetic and full-on. One of the most incredible things about being a performing musician is getting to travel the world, doing something you love, and meeting so many interesting people. At the end of the day, it is really all about the people and they never cease to amaze me. Mostly in the good, sometimes in the bad. For instance, I recently moved to Paris, which in general I love, but a couple of weeks ago my iPhone got stolen from me mid-conversation. I’m still thinking that if I ever get to meet the thief I won’t know whether to be angry or congratulate him.

How do you balance your career with your family?

Balance is a very interesting word that probably doesn’t apply very much to musicians or to the child-having experience in general. Having a child is so overwhelming that putting it into words, no matter how superlative, will inevitably be limiting and restrictive. (and this coming from a guy) Let’s just say I/we are surviving. Check back with me in 17 years when Nikita is hardly talking to us unless it’s to borrow the keys to the car.

Where are you currently living?

After 15 years in New York and 6 months in Athens we are now living in Paris. Of course sometimes it does feel like my true residence is the airport.

Can you tell us your favorite things about where you are currently living? What should people see if they are visiting?

Definitely come to visit us, we love guests. (potential babysitters). We are living on Ile de la cite’ which is the small island in the middle of the Seine, about 100 meters from Notre-Dame. We wanted to be central and after so many years living in Manhattan it feels good to be back on an island.

When you are not performing, what do you love to do?

Well, other than changing diapers (my most recent passion) writing music, writing fiction/poetry, reading, walking, and meeting people (to add to as Facebook friends).

Could you share with us how you first found out about EuroCircle? How long have you been a member?

It was through a Polish friend in NY, Hanna Chodzinska, a friend of the founder of Eurocircle, Kaisa Kokkonen, who was helping me organize a charity concert at Hunter College. I think Eurocircle is an amazing organization which brings together people from so many different walks of life.

Do you have any upcoming concerts? If so, can you tell us more about and where our members can get tickets?

I will be performing at Carnegie Hall this coming Sunday, Jan 12th at 7:30 PM and hope to see many Eurocircle members in the audience. Tickets are available online and directly at the Carnegie Hall box office.

Connect with Julian Lawrence Gargulio:
Website: http://juliangargiulo.com