NEC Preparatory School piano students are invited to audition for biannual tours of European music capitals, led by Prep piano chair Marilyn Roth. These are visits to the places where the great pianist-composers lived, performed, and wrote their music. The tour participants will perform in these same places and have masterclasses with professors at great European music schools.
In addition to lodging in hotels, tours will sometimes include home stays with the families of local music students, who will then make return visits to the Boston families the following year.
The tour is open to 10 to 12 advanced high school pianists, along with adult guests. Auditions for the 2012 tour will take place in fall 2011.
The group returned to Vienna, where they played in the Musikschule Margareten and the Haydnsaal in the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt. Then on to Budapest, where they performed at the Bartók Conservatory, and had a masterclass with Gabor Eckhardt, who teaches at the Liszt Academy—just in time for the 2011 Liszt anniversary year.
The tour included a performance in Weimar, Germany, at the Musikschule Ottmar Gerster, and in Leipzig at the Schumann House. At the Mendelssohn House in Leipzig, the NEC students played in a masterclass given by Markus Tomás of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig. The tour also included visits to Berlin and Prague.
NEC exchanged visits with students from the Musikschule Margareten in Vienna. The NEC student performed recitals in Vienna and at the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, where Haydn was once a member of the court.