Enrico Garzilli has studied music in Providence, Boston, New York, London, and Rome. At the age of fifteen, he gave his first solo piano concert at the Music Mansion in Providence, Rhode Island. This was followed by many other concerts with a major piano recital at seventeen. As a teenager he performed regularly on television and radio. Still in
his teens, he became Dr. Alexander Peloquin's assistant organist and studied organ and choral conducting with him. In both college and graduate school he was head organist and choral director.
While in college in Rome, he studied choral conducting and organ with Prof. Martorell and Dom Barrata. He gave many organ recitals in the church of Santa Susanna in Rome. He also played in St. Peter's, Rome, and in all the major Basilicas of the city. As choral conductor, he conducted the North American College Choir in the same hallowed places. When he gave his audition at the Pontifical Music School, he performed Beethoven's piano Concerto in C and Chopin's Second Scherzo. Professor Carducci, the judge of the audition hailed him as the finest pianist to enter the portals of the Academy in the twenty-two years that he had been there. Carducci later became his tutor in counterpoint,
composition, and the study of Renaissance choral music. One of his many memorable concerts was his performance with Dave Brubeck in the premier of Brubeck's concert Mass.
Dr. Garzilli is a composer of four large musical-dramatic works. His recordings have been produced by Virgin, First Night and EMI Records. He is also the composer of many liturgical settings, some of which have been translated and performed throughout the world. In Europe, his music has often been featured on Radio and Television. At the funeral of Pope John Paul I, which was broadcast worldwide to over a billion people, Dr. Garzilli was invited to read one of his poems, which he did to great acclaim. In addition to his music, he holds advanced degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Literature. He was the first person to receive a doctorate from Brown University in Comparative Literature. His dissertation was published by Harvard University and was nominated for many national awards. His graduate work in Theology was on the Revelation of the Infinite in Art, Music and Literature. Dr. Garzilli has taught literature Shakespeare, and Classical Drama at the University level. In 2002, as Artist in Residence at Johnson and Wales University, he performed three of his compositions with the RI Philharmonic, famed Broadway star, Mark McVey, and Metropolitan Opera Soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs.
This major CD recording of selections from his musical drama, "Rage of the Heart" displays the depth and the beauty of the music of this very talented composer.