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January 17, 2016, 7.30 pm

Zankel Hall, CARNEGIE Hall




Julian Gargiulo


“GETTING TO CARNEGIE” is like the Hunger Games of Classical Music. It is an unconventional idea which brings together young cellists from the top conservatories around the world to perform at Carnegie Hall where the audience decides the winner.

Check the interview of Julian Gargiulo by David Drake, Chairman of LDJ Capital, which first appeared on The Huffington Post.

Almost two years ago, Steinway Artist Julian Gargiulo decided to try an experiment: he invited musicians from top International Conservatories to compete for a place on stage with him at Carnegie Recital Hall. His invitation was open to all student violinists. The rules of the game were simple: all contestants would record and send a video of themselves performing. The four chosen ones would join him on stage and each perform a movement of the composer’s Sonata for Violin and Piano. The audience would vote live for the final winner, and the winner, aside from performing at Carnegie Hall, would travel with Julian and a team of internationally acclaimed musicians to perform at the Water Island Music Festival. After last year’s sold-out event, which was organized by Julian and 2NYC, the composer is calling out to all student cellists. Contestants will record and send a three to five minute freely chosen piece from the standard cello repertoire and four finalists will join Julian on stage at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Each one will perform a movement of Julian’s Cello and Piano Sonata in front of New York’s most discerning audience.

It will be the premiere of the cello sonata and the audience will choose the winner. Let the games begin!

“10,000 Hours”. A Documentary based on the Getting to Carnegie Competition. After the success of last year’s Getting to Carnegie Competition, PBS is interested in co-producing a documentary of Getting to Carnegie 2016! The film will follow the Competition finalists, looking at what makes anyone put 10,000 hours into any one thing, what pushes people to find their personal Carnegie. Have you found yours? Here’s the Film Trailer:




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