John A. Carollo studied piano as a child and was a member of a Catholic Church choir which sang for the congregation during weekend services. In 1986, he began composing for the piano and graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters Degree in Psychology. After moving to Honolulu HI in 1987, he started a career as a mental health counselor and social worker with the State of Hawaii, Department of Health. In 1997, he began private composition lessons with Dr. Robert Wehrman.
He retired from public service in March of 2006 to compose full-time and to establish a music business named Musica Baudino. Musica Baudino published the artist’s first album, Ampersand, in June 2006, which won best Classical CD at the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards Ceremony. PARMA Recordings released his second solo effort in 2009, TRANSCENDENCE IN THE AGE OF WAR, and his third solo effort in 2011, STARRY NIGHT. Musica Baudino published his fourth solo musical release in 2012, Volere. His fifth solo release, THE TRANSFIGURATION OF GIOVANNI BAUDINO, was PARMA’s 500th release (2017) and was quickly followed by MUSIC FROM THE ETHEREAL SIDE OF PARADISE (2018), and his Symphony No. 3 in 2019.
Carollo also writes poetry and collects art, including his lifetime hobby of collecting the books and ephemera of Edward Gorey. He is an ASCAP member and a lifetime member of the Society of Composers in America.