Farewell Vienna…. Hello Budapest!

Hello Everyone,

We have arrived safely in Budapest! Earlier this morning we departed from Vienna and made our way to Budapest. It was another day full of beautiful sights and music.

When we first arrived in Budapest this afternoon, we drove up the very steep hill to the Citadella. From the Citadella we had a beautiful view of the entire city.

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After taking plenty of pictures of the stunning view, we checked into our hotel. We had some time for lunch and then we were off to the Bartók Conservatory for our masterclass with pianist, Gábor Eckhardt, a faculty member at the Liszt Academy.

Five of the students had to opportunity to play for Professor Eckhardt and work with him one on one. All the students played very well and were very receptive to the feedback and comments Professor Eckhardt gave them. He was very impressed with their playing level and preparation. We are all so proud of the students! For a special treat at the end of the masterclass, Professor Eckhardt had one of his students at the conservatory perform for us.

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After the masterclass was complete we were off to the Danube River for a dinner cruise. We were very fortunate to have the boat completely to ourselves while we dined. As the sun set over the river, the city began to light up everywhere. What more could we ask for? Gorgeous views, delicious food, great conversation and lots of laughs. I’m sure you can tell that we had an absolutely wonderful time.

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Tomorrow will be a bit more sight-seeing and the students final concert at the Bartók Conservatory. Below is a picture of George Hu presenting the concert poster outside of the conservatory.

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Now for another round of comments from two of the students.

5 Things about my day on the Piano Tour with Ariane Bowers
1. What was your favorite part of the day?
The masterclass at the Bartok Conservatory and the student performance that followed.

2. What was a surprise to you?
How different the general culture is in Budapest compared to Vienna.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
The view of the Parliament building from the deck of the boat.

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
The fruit cup dessert on the boat.

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“If you play that game every time I say something stupid, we’re going to have a long day..” -Varun Nambikrishnan

5 Things about my day on the Piano Tour with Fernando Lopez
1. What was your favorite part of the day?
The masterclass and seeing Varun this morning.

2. What was a surprise to you?
The exchange rate for the currency and how many times the church bells rang while Bryan was playing during the masterclass.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
The Danube River at night from the top of the boat.

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
The dessert from dinner tonight on the cruise.

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“It’s how many teddybears we have.” – Varun Nambikrishnan

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