Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl have established themselves - as one of the leading guitar duos, performing to audience and critical acclaim in London, New
York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and on tours throughout the United States and Canada. They have been invited to perform
for many of the prestigious guitar festivals in the U. S., including the Guitar Foundation of America Convention and the Second American Guitar Congress.
The Duo has been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today and on many other radio and television broadcasts nationwide.
After their London debut at Wigmore Hatt, Classical Guitar magazine wrote: "Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl, through serious programming and the superlative
coordination of their respective talents-not a rubato was out of place, not a ritenuto was mistimed, not a crescendo was exaggerated, not a point of style
was misplaced-have convincingly extended the art of the possible so far as the guitar duo is concerned."
Their recordings, The Magic Circle, Baroque Inventions and Homages and Evocations for Dorian, have received enthusiastic critical response. American
Record Guide wrote: " Great classical masters ... Gray and Pearl's recital shows off the players' combined strengths of magnificent tone, tight ensemble,
and profound feeling ... They use their virtuosity to put some serious fun and sparkle back into the Baroque on guitar." Guitar Player responded with
"breathtaking dynamic sensitivity ... exquisite, emotionally powerful...". And Acoustic Guitar says, simply " Gray and Pearl raise the standard for classical
In addition to their performances, master classes, lectures, and ensemble coaching, Gray and Pead are known for their active involvement in expanding the
guitar duo repertoire through their many transcriptions and by commissioning new music for guitar duo. They give a number of U.S. and world premieres
each concert season. The duo became the first guitarists to receive a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America, and were awarded the first
commissioning grants from the Mayors Advisory Committee on Art and Culture of Baltimore, MD. The Gray/Pearl Duo was given a special citation by ASCAP
for adventuresome programming.
Each summer Gray and Pearl perform and teach at a number of guitar festivals including the Stetson University International Guitar Workshop, the MidWest
Guitar Ensemble Symposium, Summer Arts Program of The University of California and the National Guitar Summer Workshop where they also serve on the
advisory board. Julian Gray is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he teaches guitar, guitar
history and literature, and coaches chamber music. Ronald Pearl is on the music faculty of Loyola College in Baltimore, and teaches classes in music history
and theory, guitar and chamber ensemble.