Friday, January 23, 2009

Temporarily Back from Obscurity

Imagine an infant prodigy that was the subject of scholarly study, going on to study piano and composition with the best teachers in Europe, he then filled in for Rachmaninoff to great acclaim and had a triumphal debut at Carnegie Hall. So what is missing from this Cinderella story? A happy ending. Ervin Nyireghazi six months after his "triumph" was sleeping on the subways in New York City and it was there that he met the first of his eventual ten wives! After spend thirty odd years without a piano, Nyireghazi gave a concert to raise money for his ninth wife Elisa and the rest is history.

Some pianists can play loud and some are off the Richter Scale, volcanic in comparison. The incredible story of Ervin Nyireghazi on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 here on Texas Public Radio.

host Randy Anderson

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