One of America's most exciting concert organists, Gregory D’Agostino has been hailed by The New York Times for his “deft, powerful performances,” and The Washington Post has likewise proclaimed his playing as “brilliant” and “impeccable.” Performing from memory a vast repertoire including the complete organ works of Bach, Liszt, Franck, Handel, Schumann, and Brahms, Mr. D’Agostino generates an electric and thrilling sense of drama that has been hailed as a “stunning, controlled delirium” by The American Organist magazine.
Mr. D'Agostino came to national attention in the U.S. as a concert organist when he performed two different back-to-back memorized concerts for the 100th anniversary of the American Guild of Organists before overflowing crowds of 3,400 at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Church of St. Mary the Virgin. His appearances as soloist with such orchestras as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Slovak Radio Orchestra have received equal praise. The San Diego Union-Tribune selected his concerts with the Mainly Mozart Orchestra as among San Diego's “memorable performances of the year,” in the company of such eminent artists as the Guarneri String Quartet and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. The Washington Post declared that Mr. D’Agostino’s performance of the Poulenc Organ Concerto displayed “crushing power when needed, and sensitivity to the music’s dark, filmy atmospherics,” and the Charleston Post and Courier has praised his interpretation of Stephen Paulus’ Organ Concerto as “a major accomplishment by any measure.” An acknowledged leader in the performance of new music for the organ, Mr. D'Agostino has collaborated with numerous composers including legendary American composers George Crumb, Milton Babbitt, and Ned Rorem. Of his first-ever performance of Rorem’s complete works for organ, principal New York Times critic Allan Kozinn wrote that Mr. D’Agostino “got to the heart of Mr. Rorem’s writing, the gentle and songlike as well as the robust and purely dexterous.”
Mr. D'Agostino has been a featured artist at South Carolina's Piccolo Spoleto Festival in three different seasons, St. Petersburg International Festival of the Palaces (Russia), Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (Washington), San Diego's Spreckels International Organ Festival, London Association of Organists, Prague Free Organ World Festival (Czech Republic), Schola Cantorum (Paris), Organ Arts Festival (Poland), European-American Festival (Southampton, New York), Olomouc International Organ Festival (Czech Republic), and the Krakow International Organ Festival (Poland). In 2007 Mr. D'Agostino made his second concert tour of Japan to unanimous rave reviews and sold-out audiences.
He has been a featured artist on Public Radio International's "Pipedreams," Radio Prague, Czech National Television, NPR's “The Next Big Thing,” NPR’s “Soundcheck,” and various local Public Radio stations throughout the U.S. He is a prize-winner of two Juilliard Concerto Competitions as well as a New York American Guild of Organists Competition. Among his CDs are Monuments of Germanic Music (Centaur Records), Organ Festival – Live Recordings (Gigue Records), Islands & Vistas (Orcas Records), Dan Locklair's Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (Slovak Radio Orchestra; Albany Records), Babbitt’s Manifold Music (Bridge Records), and Crumb’s Pastoral Drone (Grammy-winning series; Bridge Records). A versatile artist, he has recorded for film including Jonathan Bepler’s massive organ score for Cremaster 2 by acclaimed filmmaker Matthew Barney, which was featured at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and is now part of the permanent collections of both the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
A native of New York City, Mr. D'Agostino was self-taught as a youth and held his first position as a church organist at age nine. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from The Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Jon Gillock and Vernon deTar. While still a student, he served on the faculty of Juilliard and was a Performing Artist with the Lincoln Center Institute. He received the Master's and Bachelor's in organ performance from The Juilliard School, where he also studied harpsichord with Lionel Party. Further organ studies have been with Xavier Darasse, Bernard Lagacé, and Marie-Claire Alain at the Toulouse Organ Academy, France.
Mr. D’Agostino is an active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and serves on the national committee on Seminary and Denominational Relations. He has given masterclasses for universities and AGO chapters, has given guest lectures at Juilliard and has been on the faculty of numerous Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) programs for young organists, and was Director of New York City’s first POE.