School of Music

Laura Kargul

Professor of Music/Piano, Director of Keyboard Studies
Laura Kargul

Office

302 Corthell Hall

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-5271

Laura Kargul has been concertizing as a solo pianist since the age of thirteen, when she made her concerto debut with orchestra in Detroit. She first came to international attention in 1985 when her European debut in the Netherlands was hailed by the Rotterdams Nieuwsblad as  “one of the most remarkable debut recitals recently given in our country.”  The following year Ms. Kargul played at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and earned immediate recognition as “A world class pianist: This is playing that belongs on our great concert stages…. almost feverishly inspired, so controlled and so thrilling.” (Haagsche Courant, The Hague)  Subsequent tours have included solo performances in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Serbia and Switzerland, as well as in the West Indies. As a guest of international music festivals, Ms. Kargul has appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein, Nordhessen, and Eisenacher Summer Music Festivals in Germany and the Lesvos Arts Festival in Greece. She has recorded for radio in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Jamaica, as well as for PBS radio and national television in the United States. Grammy award winner Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering produced her solo CD of virtuoso transcriptions, Liszt and Ravel: Transcriptions for Piano.

A noted Liszt interpreter, Laura Kargul is one of few pianists ever invited to give a full recital on Liszt's own Bechstein piano at the Liszt-Haus in Weimar, Germany.  Her performances of Liszt consistently draw high praise:  “Liszt wanted everything from the piano – wildness and fervor, exuberance and humility.  Laura Kargul delivers all of it.  She is completely absorbed by the music – elegantly floating through the most treacherous passages.  It's like childsplay to her... equipped with sparkling brilliance, clean double octaves, and perfectly executed leaps.”  (Hessische Allgemeine, Kassel, Germany)  At the same time, she is considered to be extremely versatile and critics find her playing of many other composers to be equally compelling:  “How convincingly poetic, deeply lyrical and profound, will her playing of Schubert be judged.” (Wiesbadener Kurier, Wiesbaden, Germany).  Another often mentioned attribute is her focused, understated virtuosity:  “Unassuming, without exaggerated gestures, Laura Kargul enters the stage and astounds her audience… with great wealth of expression…. visible and audible perfection in technique.” (Thüringische Landeszeitung, Eisenach, Germany)

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