Worried that his son was spending so little time at the piano, his father decides that he should stop taking lessons with Alexandre Siloti and continue his education at Mannes School of Music. After hearing two concerts of Josef Hofmann, the young Eugene is fascinated by the great pianist and dreams of studying with him. He knocks on the door of Hofmann’s hotel room and asks to play for him. He is kindly dismissed and recommended to apply to the Curtis Institute.

Josef Hofmann circa 1940