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Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us?

Posted By: Piano World

Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 03/31/18 03:49 PM

Back in 2011 we took a group of our forums members (and in many cases, their significant other) on a tour of Germany and Austria.

Now we are planning a new tour, for the summer of 2020!


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Our focus was on piano and music related sites.
We visited piano manufacturer's shops, composer's homes, Cathedrals and museums, plus so much more.

You can read about it all here:
European Piano Tour 2011

Here are a number of pictures of the 2011 tour on my Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/yaov4ce4

Since then we've been asked a number of times if we would consider organizing another tour.
The answer is, yes, of course.

European Piano Tour 2020? !!

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But first we have to see how much real interest there is in joining us on the tour.
It will not be a duplicate of the previous tour, although there are a number of places on that tour I wouldn't mind seeing again.

For the 2011 tour we included a beautiful tour bus, a wonderful guide for the entire time, hotel, breakfast and dinner every day, plus admission where required. Once we get more details worked out we will indicate where we will all meet. Getting there and back is your responsibility.

We're just in the initial discussion phase right now. I'm thinking possibly of Austria and Italy this time, but we have to see
how this all develops.

Please take a few minutes to view the previous tour to get some idea of what is involved (and what was included).

Then let me know if you think you would be seriously interested in joining us.
It would be best to EMAIL me with Piano Tour in the subject line frank@pianoworld.com
We would be shooting for late Summer 2020.

I will start posting a list of names once we get some responses (a few have already come in).

All the Best,
Frank & Kathy
Piano World
Posted By: PianoWorksATL

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 03/31/18 09:19 PM

Hi Frank,

I'm very interested, but timing will matter as I've already been planning a different trip for next Summer. If I can fit in two, all the better! Keep us posted.
Posted By: PikaPianist

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/01/18 03:59 AM

The previous tour looks fantastic. I am definitely interested in something like this. I've never been to Europe before and have been itching to visit.

However, I do have plans already on the 14-15th June 2019, so if the dates are before or after that I will be extremely interested to sign up.
Posted By: OE1FEU

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/01/18 07:13 AM

Should you decide to make Austria your destination, feel free to give me a shout. I live in Vienna and am quite well connected within the piano scene of makers and technicians over here.
Posted By: Forrest Halford

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/05/18 07:16 PM

Interested!
Posted By: Music Me

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/05/18 07:49 PM

Interested!
Posted By: Corvus

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/05/18 11:26 PM

I am interested. More itinerary ddetails would certainly help. The 2011 tour looks wonderful—I would love to do that itinerary!

On an Austria/Italy tour, presumably Bösendorfer and Fazioli would be on the itinerary. There aren't any other piano manufacturers in those countries, are there? Well, maybe Brodmann counts as a partial manufacturer (mostly made in China).
Posted By: Palmpirate

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/08/18 10:35 PM

Sure - very interested! Doing the St Goar trip this year but would love and excuse to get there again!
Posted By: Piano Valentine

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/18/18 02:35 AM

Wow !!! Extremely interested !!!

Don't know if a visit to a piano-hammer factory could be included smile
Posted By: ryawarr

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/18/18 05:19 PM

I am interested, and I would love to visit the Schimmel factory, but I'm open to other areas!
Posted By: casinitaly

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/18/18 05:32 PM

I don't know if we (Mr. Casinitaly and myself) would participate in the whole tour, but we would very likely join in for part of it. It would be great to hook up with you again!
Posted By: skywater

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/18/18 05:55 PM

I am potentially interested in participating with 1-2 others (dependent on timing). This trip caught my eye in 2011 - nice to have another chance at it.
Posted By: ThePawn

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/22/18 11:33 PM

Interested!
Posted By: Piano Valentine

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/23/18 06:45 AM

Dear Frank and Kathy,

It's me again. We asked, and you really listened ! Thank you so much for organizing a similar tour again !

Here I wish to write down some of my piano dreams. I know it's impossible to include them all in the 2019 tour or perhaps even one is unlikely possible, but it doesn't matter. I'm sure many other interesting places would be included in the tour. I just wish to share some ideas with all piano lovers here:

- Poland --> things about Chopin

- Russia --> many pianists come from Russia and I've heard that some pianos were made in USSR (don't know if they still produce pianos now), see if there are piano things to see in Russia.

- Renner factory visit (hammers and/ or action)

- A factory that manufactures piano parts (e.g. strings, hammers and the like)

- To see something about wood

- To see something about Schubert

- To see something about Liszt

- To see something about Bach

- To see something about Beethoven

- Schimmel factory

- Bechstein factory

- Bluthner factory

- Grotrian factory

- France --> things about Chopin and/ or Debussy. Don't know if there are still some Pleyel things in France now.

- As far as I know, this amazing instrument was invented in Italy. If we'll go to Fazioli, see if it's a good idea to include something about the provenance of piano.


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Posted By: Rich Galassini

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 04/28/18 05:13 AM

I have interest Frank.
Posted By: ec

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 05/03/18 04:36 PM

Definitely interested, as is my husband, especially if Chopin and Debussy make it onto the itinerary...
Posted By: Rich D.

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 05/18/18 12:29 PM

Chris and I are interested!
Posted By: dogperson

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 05/18/18 12:40 PM

Definitely interested.......,Will depend on the timing of the trip
Posted By: Piano Valentine

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 08/03/18 02:39 AM

Dear Forum Members, any update on the tour?
Posted By: PianoGuyStuart

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 08/06/18 08:51 AM

Interested.
Posted By: Learux

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 08/06/18 03:05 PM

What a great idea! I live in the USA and won't be able to attend, Can't commit that much time. Do it in about 18 years again when I retire and I will be part of it
Posted By: cathryn999

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 08/28/18 09:13 AM

Hi Frank and Kathy,
I’m interested, but as usual won’t be able to commit until closer to the date -say three months prior. Keep me posted.
I hope you’re both keeping welll, happy, and still smiling :-)
Cheers,
Cathryn in Darwin, Australia
Posted By: hassan

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 10/07/18 08:30 PM

Interested, but would like to have precise dates.
Posted By: PikaPianist

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 11/04/18 01:36 AM

I'm still interested. Just wondering if there are any more updates?
Posted By: j&j

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 11/13/18 10:04 PM

J and J of j&j would be interested depending on price and schedule.
Would love to tour piano makers in Austria, Italy, and Poland
Would love to tour homes and pianos of Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann. Museums with very early pianos
would be interesting.
Hopefully there’s non- piano stuff for the SO’s.
Posted By: OE1FEU

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 11/14/18 08:33 PM

I think I might be of help in putting together a seriously marvelous trip for the pianophile to Europe.

Why do I think that? I am a total pianophile myself and have just returned from a one week trip to the US which turned to be about pianos and music. I visited a masterclass and attended a concert with the eminent pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski. I met artists and artist managers in New York. I spent 2 days with a really outstanding piano rebuilder in Connecticut, learning quite something about the differences in approach to rebuilding between the US and Europe and soundboard manufacturing. I've visited a restoration shop that was totally unique in its approach to rebuilding old Steinways (Think Centennials) to perfection, trying to stay as close to the original as possible.

In that sense, I might be someone to put together a tour through Europe for the dedicated pianophile that will actually have some value that you won't get on any standard tourist trip. I am pretty well connected within Europe when it comes to pianos, so let me lay out for you what I have in mind:

What countries to visit?

Germany and Austria. Period.

I can hear you screaming Italy, Fazioli, France, Pleyel, Erard - and then your screams would stop because every other European country looks to Germany and Austria in all things regarding piano manufacturing, piano builder vocational trainings, concert technician expertise. Granted, Fazioli IS interesting and it might be something that I could offer as a separate add-on to the tour, but let's focus on what we can do and where to do it, adding traveling time and distances into the calculation.

Vienna has an international airport with direct flights to NYC, Washington, Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles. So I suggest you get comfortable with the idea of having Vienna as the beginning and end of the trip and doing all the bus/train traveling based from there. Vienna is affordable in terms of accommodation and food, so that adds value as well.

Based in Vienna, those are some of the things I would be able to organize:

* Factory tour Bösendorfer
* Visiting either: Vienna State Opera, The Vienna Musikverein or the Konzerthaus for an opera performance or a concert
* Traveling to the Liszt museum in his birthplace Raiding, visiting the concert hall and an exhibition of exceptional concert grands
* Visiting the Viennese manufacturing site of Feurich. Their Mod. 123 upright is designed and manufactured in Austria
* Visiting a piano maker who specializes in historical instruments such as the Brahms Streicher grand, all playable
* Many walk-in visits to Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Brahms memorial sites, all within walking or short pub transport

From there on, traveling Germany would be the next thing - and this is where it gets dicey: Many things to see, to visit, but there is no central place in Germany when it comes to things regarding piano. Just take a look at the very incomplete list of manufacturing sites in Germany:

* Steinway & Sons, Hamburg
* Bechstein, Seifhennersdorf, close both to the Czech and Polish border
* Steingräber und Söhne, Bayreuth
* Schimmel, Braunschweig
* Blüthner, Leipzig

And of course Renner as the makers of world famous actions and Abel as the manufacturer of hammers of the highest quality.

Clearly, one has to cherry pick the locations to visit and I know that everyone has different preferences. This is where I would rather think of reducing the numbers of locations to visit. I don't think it adds value to cover as many manufacturers as possible. My suggestion would therefore be:

* Visit either the Steingräber or the Blüthner manufacturing sites.

Both are experienced in hosting groups of visitors and more importantly, both are manufacturing the widest range of products at one site: from the smallest upright to concert grands. My strong suggestion would be Blüthner, for the simple reason that they are also manufacturing their own actions on site.

What else to visit in Germany piano-wise?

* The Klavierfestival Ruhr, by far the largest piano festival in the world between July and September


But then, anything else Germany might have to offer can probably be experienced in Vienna as well, so actually I can't see any real reason to extensively cover large distances and spend time and money on something that doesn't really offer an exceptional value, so I would probably stick to Vienna most of the time. While we are at it: Bösendorfer manufactures its own actions as well and has the same range of products as Blüthner has, so really, I can't see a strong value proposition for 16 hours of traveling back and forth to Leipzig.

OK, so this is just an outline of what I might be able to do, but since I have quite some resilience and flexibility, I am really open to suggestions, questions, hints and errors in perception of expectations. Before going into details of travel planning, budget, dates etc. I'd like your input on the things I wrote down, see what the reactions are and whether you might actually be willing to contribute and commit to putting together a really marvelous experience of getting a feel for the piano world in Austria.

Fire away, please.
Posted By: Corvus

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 11/15/18 05:28 AM

That all sounds delightful! I would definitely interested in a trip along those lines. The only piano production site I've visited is Steingraeber. Grotrian is also of interest to me. I haven't been to Vienna for several decades, and would love a good excuse like this to visit again.
Posted By: Piano World

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 11/15/18 03:46 PM

We would still love to put this together, but we're having trouble finding the right travel agency to set up the tour and coordinate .

If anyone has any suggestions I'd be happy to hear them (you can email me directly .. Frank(at)PianoWorld.com
Posted By: Vuong

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 11/15/18 05:33 PM

You mentioned Feurich. Are they still in business. Years ago they became sell themselves to another company(Wendel-Lung ?) which later was also gone.
Posted By: OE1FEU

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 11/15/18 06:31 PM

Originally Posted by Vuong
You mentioned Feurich. Are they still in business. Years ago they became sell themselves to another company(Wendel-Lung ?) which later was also gone.


Both Feurich and Wendel-Lung as companies, respectively their names, have been bought by an ambitious young couple from China and Austria. They are overseeing their manufactured pianos and grand pianos at their production site in Hailun, China, so different from most pianos from there they actually have their own design in regard to casting, action and some technical novelties. The final quality control and voicing is done by piano technicians from Vienna. Their Mod. 123 upright piano has been designed in Vienna and is also manufactured here. In addition to that they run Vienna's largest piano store with a huge showroom, a sophisticated repair and restoration workshop, a concert hall and a recording studio.

I like their youthful approach, but would also like to emphasize that I have no business affiliation with them whatsoever, just as with any of the other companies mentioned.
Posted By: piqué

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/21/19 12:16 AM

Frank if the tour includes Italy, you must go to the Val di fiemme where the red spruce are grown for soundboards and violins. There is also the Ciresa soundboard making company there. They make the Fazioli soundboards. And it is a beautiful part of the world.
Posted By: piqué

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/21/19 12:17 AM

Frank if the tour includes Italy, you must go to the Val di fiemme where the red spruce are grown for soundboards and violins. There is also the Ciresa soundboard making company there. They make the Fazioli soundboards. And it is a beautiful part of the world.
Posted By: DiarmuidD

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/21/19 03:04 AM

Originally Posted by piqué
Frank if the tour includes Italy, you must go to the Val di fiemme where the red spruce are grown for soundboards and violins. There is also the Ciresa soundboard making company there. They make the Fazioli soundboards. And it is a beautiful part of the world.


Where have you been after all these years?!!

Diarmuid x
Posted By: OE1FEU

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/25/19 09:11 AM

I have decided to withdraw my offer of organizing the tour or helping with it. Lack of interest, both from participants here in the forum and no answer from Frank just show that there is not enough enthusiasm and it would not be worth my effort, sorry.
Posted By: BritishJim

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/27/19 11:40 PM

Hello – Jim (aka BritishJim) & Sandy Fariss here, one of the original participants of the 2011 PianoWorld European Tour. We are assisting Frank Baxter in organizing a 2020 European tour. We are in the beginning stages of planning and have a great start with an excellent tour company we’re working with. We have been able to come up with some dates, cities, tours and, most importantly, estimated cost. We need to caution everyone none of this is set in stone, dates, cites, planned events and the cost can, and will, change.

We are projecting a cost of $5,000 per person to include hotel, breakfast, travel within Europe, entrance fee’s. This does not include airfare to Europe or meals outside of breakfast.

Planned (subject to change) itinerary:
Average stay at each location about 2 days, some only 1. Projecting 13 days in all.
We will gather in Rome, Italy on Sunday, August 30th 2020 (so if flying from the States, you would leave on Saturday, Aug 29th).
Sightseeing in Rome then the train to Venice, Italy
Fazioli factory tour in Sacile, Italy
Travel by air to Vienna, Austria
Bus to Prague, Czech Republic
Onto Bayreuth, Germany
Factory tour of Steingraeber & Söhne (this was actually in the 2011 tour)
OR alternate tour in town for those not wanting to see yet another piano factory
Final gala dinner & night in Bacharach, Germany on the Rhein river
Travel to Frankfurt, Germany for return home on Friday, September 11th

We have yet to work out all the musical components of the tour but rest assured we have already started making plans to try and have a piano at the hotel each evening!

What are your thoughts? We encourage feedback & suggestions, most importantly your interest in joining us for PianoWorld European Tour 2020. We’d like to start getting a head count. If you think you’d like to join us would you please reply to this thread indicating your interest and if there is more than just yourself coming. No commitments, just getting a rough headcount for now.
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Posted By: AaronSF

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/28/19 11:27 PM

I'm tentatively interested.

If you're planning on Prague, you won't be that far from Dresden and the August Förster factory in Löbau, then on to Berlin and Bechstein. Just a suggestion. Not that I have a finger in the pie... smirk
Posted By: PikaPianist

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/29/19 03:08 AM

Sounds amazing. And thanks for organizing. I'm definitely interested smile
Posted By: Emery Wang

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/30/19 12:36 AM

My wife and I are interested, so please add 2 to the headcount. Thanks!
Posted By: RJ10

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 01/30/19 01:07 AM

Sounds like a great trip - I'd like to join you all!
Posted By: Mohrpiano

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/01/19 01:28 PM

I am interested.
Posted By: Palmpirate

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/07/19 05:52 AM

Replying to British Jim’s request to update interest.
2020 feels a long ways away but I/we are still interested to join in.
St Goar was wonderful and even more so the following week exploring Vienna. I don’t need much excuse back! Please Keep me informed of plans.
Posted By: casinitaly

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/07/19 10:20 AM

Replying to Jim’s request to confirm interest.
Definitely would not do the whole tour.
Possibly might hook up for a weekend but we really can’t be sure at this point so best not to count us in.
Posted By: oldMH

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/07/19 10:47 AM

My feedback is that nearly $400/day for hotel, breakfast, bus and tours seems steep. Is this a five star type trip?
Posted By: PianoWorksATL

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/07/19 03:55 PM

I remain interested. Keep me posted.
Posted By: Forrest Halford

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/07/19 04:23 PM

I remain interested as well. Please keep me in the loop
Posted By: j&j

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/08/19 08:21 PM

Unfortunately, I really can’t commit to join my PianoWold friends on the European Tour in 2020.
j&j
Posted By: OE1FEU

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/09/19 10:52 PM

Originally Posted by oldMH
My feedback is that nearly $400/day for hotel, breakfast, bus and tours seems steep. Is this a five star type trip?


The whole tour proposal seems really odd in some regards.

It's supposed to be a piano focused tour for enthusiasts and yet all there is in terms of piano are two factory tours, one of which has already been done on the previous tour. Shouldn't it be the other way round and plan around piano events and activities? What will you be doing in Vienna or in Prague? Without an attractive itinerary it sounds a lot more like sightseeing in a very general sense.

I agree that 400 USD for travel and accommodation is rather steep. This has obviously not been planned with a professional travel agency or at least with a local who knows his way around. For the hotels it's easy to arrange for a group discount, especially at an early planning stage. For around 100 USD you'll get really luxurious hotels including a huge breakfast buffet.

The travel arrangements to get from place to place also do not make sense. By the time you have reached a reasonable airport from Sacile that has flights to Vienna, you can have a convenient train ride to Villach in Austria and change to the luxurious Railjet line of the Austrian Railway for a train that brings you to Vienna in a little over 4 hours. There are freshly prepared meals on board, drinks, comfortable seats and it's really quiet. Discounted tickets are no more than 60-70 USD for a First Class seat, probably less with a group and booking in advance.

Same with the trip to Prague: Instead of a rumbling, noisy and unsociable bus you can take a direct Railjet connection from Vienna to Prague and it's a lot faster than by bus. But what do you do in Prague anyway? There is no piano manufacturer there or anything else that would sound attractive to a pianophile. Also, as a hub to Bayreuth it's geographically just wrong.

I believe it would make sense to hear from potential participants about their expectations and plan around that and leave travel details to a professional travel agency.
Posted By: kpembrook

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/18/19 05:40 AM

Originally Posted by OE1FEU
Originally Posted by oldMH
My feedback is that nearly $400/day for hotel, breakfast, bus and tours seems steep. Is this a five star type trip?


The whole tour proposal seems really odd in some regards.

It's supposed to be a piano focused tour for enthusiasts and yet all there is in terms of piano are two factory tours, one of which has already been done on the previous tour. Shouldn't it be the other way round and plan around piano events and activities? What will you be doing in Vienna or in Prague? Without an attractive itinerary it sounds a lot more like sightseeing in a very general sense.

I agree that 400 USD for travel and accommodation is rather steep. This has obviously not been planned with a professional travel agency or at least with a local who knows his way around. For the hotels it's easy to arrange for a group discount, especially at an early planning stage. For around 100 USD you'll get really luxurious hotels including a huge breakfast buffet.

The travel arrangements to get from place to place also do not make sense. By the time you have reached a reasonable airport from Sacile that has flights to Vienna, you can have a convenient train ride to Villach in Austria and change to the luxurious Railjet line of the Austrian Railway for a train that brings you to Vienna in a little over 4 hours. There are freshly prepared meals on board, drinks, comfortable seats and it's really quiet. Discounted tickets are no more than 60-70 USD for a First Class seat, probably less with a group and booking in advance.

Same with the trip to Prague: Instead of a rumbling, noisy and unsociable bus you can take a direct Railjet connection from Vienna to Prague and it's a lot faster than by bus. But what do you do in Prague anyway? There is no piano manufacturer there or anything else that would sound attractive to a pianophile. Also, as a hub to Bayreuth it's geographically just wrong.

I believe it would make sense to hear from potential participants about their expectations and plan around that and leave travel details to a professional travel agency.



I'm from the US, but I would agree. I was just over in Europe this past October and we didn't spend nearly that much on accommodations. 100 meters from Notre Dame for about $120 for 2. Yes, it was Airbnb, but that illustrates the opposite end of the price range. We also got excellent food from the many restaurants and boulangerie/patisserie for reasonable prices. Again, we're more interested in the experience than the accommodations and maybe our approach would be more adventurous than some would want, but again, the point of that kind of travel for us is the quality of the experience -- not the price of the accommodations.

We were based near The Hague and we found our trip on high-speed train to Paris and return to be quite satisfactory and less hassle than chasing to the airport.

So, for us, the nature of the trip is the most significant aspect with a focus on pianos in particular and music in general and less of an emphasis on premium accommodation.
Posted By: BritishJim

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/19/19 05:23 AM

Thank you oldMH & Keith Akins for your query about the cost. We learned a lot about travel, accommodations and what those who were part of the 2011 tour wanted.

Two of the top issues were lack of air-conditioning and the less than desirable location of some of the hotels we stayed at.

Continuing on, most of the group having seen a piano factory, which was Steinway in Hamburg, commented the next 3 factories were 3 too many. The majority of the group enjoyed visiting locations of composers, famous locations of musical events and simply attending an evening musical performance, not necessarily purely piano.

Another was the time spent on a bus in the 2011 tour.

To address those issues, we will be limiting the total number of participants of the 2020 tour to 18. This allows us to be much more flexible, nimble and accommodating to changes.

Next, we will be staying at quality hotels (with air-conditioning) in desirable locations. We are working on securing a piano at each of these hotels for the evening piano party!

Finally, we are intermixing tourist locations with our music/piano tour.

Keith, your point is well taken about being adventurous and remain totally piano focused. We put together this tour based on the feedback from the 2011 tour which will differ from what you might desire in a group tour. Then again, if we made this 100% piano focused, others would not be interested.

This is not the budget piano tour of Europe but then again it is not the Abercrombie & Kent price either. We are putting together a fun romp through parts of Europe for 18 music loving piano people who would like to see some of the sights of Europe as well.

We have engaged a professional agency to organize this, please take the opportunity to view their website, Euro Focus

We are close to getting our first update on the itinerary posted which will have a lot more detail. It will not be final as we continue to evolve based on input we’re receiving. To date, we have 15 people that have expressed interest in joining the tour.

Jim Fariss, RPT
Black Forest, Colorado
Posted By: Corvus

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 02/19/19 04:22 PM

I am interested. I haven't been to Vienna since the mid-80s, when I was 15, so that would definitely be a highlight.
Posted By: patH

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 03/31/19 02:46 PM

Originally Posted by casinitaly
Replying to Jim’s request to confirm interest.
Definitely would not do the whole tour.
Possibly might hook up for a weekend but we really can’t be sure at this point so best not to count us in.
Seconded.
I also might not want to do the whole tour, due to lack of time or money.
But meeting for a weekend, especially if I can meet some people from past European Piano Parties, is something I might want to do.
Posted By: Rich D.

Re: Piano & Music Lovers European Tour - Join Us? - 05/31/19 02:12 PM

Any further updates on this tour? Is it still being planned?

Rich
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