About Peter Vamos

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His story is as rich and incredible as his music; it may in fact have much to do with the style and emotion with which he plays. Peter Vamos was born under Communist rule in Budapest, Hungary in the 50s. The austere conditions and the totalitarian rule manifest themselves in any number of places including the way piano was taught and the skill was mastered. His training and instruction was unrelenting and at times almost torturous, which while forging an incredible talent, it created a curious relationship between him and the music. He learned to be a great pianist; it wasn’t until much later that Peter became a great musician – until he created a unique style and a distinct sound that was all his own.

Peter escaped from Hungary while on a tour to play in Austria. He wandered off and away from his handlers and disappeared into city of Vienna. He was twenty-two years old without a schilling to his name or any idea of what would come next. What came next was a half of life of experiences that helped him become one of today’s most astounding improvisational pianists.

Peter learned to play the piano in Hungary. His first experience with the piano the piano as art was at the esteemed Bela Bartok Music School. The training was intense and rigorous. At least he felt it was until he was accepted into the Franz Liszt Academy. His training here was among the most intense he’d ever experienced. He learned to play in the classical style and learned it with music often cited as the most difficult of its kind.

In the early 70’s Peter escaped to Vienna, Austria where he became a refugee and sought protection in the US Embassy. He then moved to Rome, Italy and lived there for a year while waiting for his Visa. He played the piano, mostly in American churches.

The next leg of his journey brought him to America. He flew to America in the mid-70’s and settled in New York, NY. He was still, first and foremost a Classical pianist so he enrolled in the Julliard School to complete his Master Course in Classical Music. He even played at Carnegie Hall. But living in New York City, surrounded by the rush that was the 1970’s his attention and interests started to drift – towards food. He turned his attention away from music and towards opening restaurants. He was as driven and successful in his restaurant endeavors as he was with his music. Over the next fifteen years he would open no less than seven restaurants; all in NYC and each very successful. The only casualty of his new focus was his interest in playing Classical piano. The Classical style was replaced by a unique, new improvisational style that he developed while playing in his restaurants. For fifteen years, he honed this style; it was subtle and slow but like any fine dish, it was worth the wait.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche