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“The Essence of the Artist’s inner world, work, and experiences – all of these illuminate the heart of why I host this show and hopefully inspire others with the humanity of my guests.”

Zsolt Bognár


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This tier gives you access to bonus content, outtakes, behind-the-scenes anecdotes from our host about filming days, photos, guest greetings, and more. You are now part of our mission and adventures! Your name is listed on our website and in the credits of new episodes.


  • General Support

  • Behind-the-scenes content

  • Exclusive content

  • Patreon shout-out

$5 monthly

Music Director

All the benefits of Concertmaster Tier, plus monthly zoom chats with the host with updates, questions about guests and episodes, and any general advice and support from our host, Zsolt Bognár! This tier goes even further to support filming of new content and the travels required for the productions.


  • General Support

  • Behind-the-scenes content

  • Exclusive content

  • Live chat

  • Live Q&As

  • Patreon shout-out

$10 monthly

Zsolt Bognár
Hosts Circle

All the benefits of the previous tiers, plus a thank you from the host, and a signed copy of his CD album as pianist "Franz & Franz".

This support tier goes a tremendously long way in making new episodes possible--thank you!


  • General Support

  • Behind-the-scenes content

  • Exclusive content

  • Live chat

  • Live Q&As

  • Patreon shout-out

  • Thank You Gift

$20 monthly

"Your episodes penetrate to what is essential about life: Authenticity, integrity, good art, service, beauty, and love.” 

 -  Wilhelm Oosthuizen

"I was in a place where I felt like I desperately need artistic guidance and life lessons and I find myself stumbling upon a treasure trove...THANK YOU!!!!!” 

- Yuxin Huang


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And thank you for supporting Living the Classical Life with your donation!  Private gifts like yours entirely fund us
Every amount is deeply appreciated. It helps us pursue our mission and keep growing. 


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is supported by our Partners.

Thank you to: Slipped Disc
The Omomuki Foundation


is funded (in part) by our individual Donors.

Thank you to our:

PATRONS (1000 and up)
John Hobbs

Jutta Ittner

Ellen Mohr

 Dr. Lee Mac Cormick Edwards Charitable Foundation

Nancy Preis

SPONSORS (100 and up)

Paula Aghajanian, Edward Albert, Concepcion Borromeo, Robert Dvorkin, Nina Fried, Mark Grube, Joan Hood, Susan Hoskins, Judith Kimura, Agnes Kwan, Judith Lennox, Louise Marks, Susan Murray, Robert Reid, Jacqueline Roemer, Frank Alene Scoblete, Dan Sherman, Renzo Spanhoff, Miyo Slater, Charles Waldron, Afendi Yusuf



 Susan Bouvier, Beth Chapman, Eric Charnofsky, Karl Chen, Barbara Cohen-Presser, Robert Durso, Jane Huang, Alan Hirsch, David Lawton, Robin Lewis, Nazdira Litvinov, Matthew Manwarren, Claire Meyer, Charles Pelham, Diane Reid, Olga Sandakova, Michael Sanders, Julie M. Sheu, Larry Simon, Brian Thornton, Alec Weil, Thomas Wharton


is supported by generous Donations In Kind.

Thank you to:

Sean P. Malone (Malone Law, LLC)

Tina E. Albright
Joan Anderson
Concepcion Borromeo
Jenn Gordon
Don Harvey
David Hobbs
Geoff Hoefer
Norman Lebrecht
Paul Michaud
Susan Murray
Lori Pawlias
Joe Piropato
Jane and Alfred Ross
Nicholas Russotto
Paul Schenly
Lynn Schumann
Astri Seidenfeld
Thomas Wei
Ben Wolf

Carnegie Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Beethoven Pianos, NYC
Manhattan School of Music
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Steinway & Sons, NYC

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