The closing weekend of the “Plovdiv 2019 European Capital of Culture” year included a “Piano Matinee” program on January 11 organized by Romeo Smilkov, an inspiring concert pianist and teacher. Musicians from Bulgaria, China and the United States played pieces by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Bulgarian composers Nikolay Stoykov, Ivan Spassov, and Pancho Vladigerov. I played Vladigerov’s elegant and passionate “Improvisation”. Our music filled the concert hall of the beautiful historic Bulgarian Revival style Balabanov House in Plovdiv’s Old Town.