admin On gennaio - 19 - 2016


by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Steinway Artist Julian Gargiulo returned to Carnegie Hall on January 17th, as engaging as always, with his magic touch on the piano keys and his impeccable stand-up comedian sense of humour. The eclectic pianist presented his new music and launched the campaign of his ‘10,000 Hours’ Documentary, allowing musicians from top International Conservatories to compete for a place on stage with him at Carnegie Recital Hall.

The four finalists (Anita Balzas, Chae-Won Hong, Jacques-Pierre Malan, Anna Litvinenko), joined him on the stage of the New York concert venue, to perform a movement of the composer’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. The audience voted for the final winner: Chae-Won Hong, who aside from performing at Carnegie Hall, will travel with Julian and a team of internationally acclaimed musicians to perform at the Water Island Music Festival.

The concert was followed by an amusing and engaging auction. The most extravagant things were bid (from a skinny Blunauta dress, to the credits of Executive Producer for Julian’s documentary), to gather a budget for the completion of this cinematic tale. So far the film has attracted the interest of PBS, who will be co-producing and distributing it, to tribute the incredible artistry and dedication of the young musicians who took part in the “Getting To Carnegie” competition.

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