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.