Greetings from the beautiful city of Trento, where I am taking part in the 10th "Antonio Pedrotti" conducting competition. I must say this is one of the most idyllic places on earth. The city is right next to majestic mountains, there are many beautiful old buildings, the centre is ideal for walking of bicycling, the people are open and friendly... Too bad the competition somewhat keeps us participants from enjoying all that!

The view from the castle where the Council of Trent was held years 1545-1563

So far the organization has been fantastic. We were well informed beforehand about the practical matters by signor Tomasi, and when I arrived (two hours late because I lost the train connection) he was there at the station to introduce me to my host family, Stefano and Marina. I must say after talking to my colleagues, that the hospitality here is a chapter of its own. If you come to this competition in the coming years, don't go to a hotel! The family accommodation is so much nicer, more personal, you get to know local people - and maybe even learn some Italian in the process...

Jeff, Ben and Keitaro waiting for the first round results

The only minus I give to this competition is the choice of repertoire for the first round! "Facade" by William Walton is not and will not be my favorite music and so many competitors here agree...

Tomorrow more about the results when they are posted. For today my work is done and it is time to see the town a bit. Hope to post a lot of photos when I get home!