Special thanks to Rebecca Krzystyniakand Archie Bailey for their amazing trust in me and love of music.
In February 2013 something magical and unforgettable happened that changed my world. I had the highest honor of being personally involved in helping find, transcribe and translate a Russian song which American pianist Van Cliburn (July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) loved so much that he requested it to be performed at his own funeral. Even today, more than six years later, as I am updating this story for a re-post, it’s hard to believe that I was allowed to play a humble role, no matter how small, to make Cliburn’s last wish come true.
Coming soon: Part 2: Van Cliburn's Funeral Service Part 3: Ducks Are Flying finds new life in America, thanks to Cliburn’s last wish