Pizza-delivering teen plays customer’s piano, goes viral with stunning Beethoven performance

Usually, people order a pizza delivery simply for its speed and convenience. However, after a Michigan man opened his door for a pizza delivery guy, he received much more than a piping hot pie—he was gifted a live performance of classical music, along with a video recording that later received over a million views.

On July 25, Paul Varchetti, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, was at home with his 10-year-old son Ryan. He called up Hungry Howie’s Pizza, and soon enough 18-year-old Bryce Dudal, who has been making deliveries since October, arrived with the order.

Upon seeing the inside of the Varchetti home, Dudal asked about the family’s baby grand piano in the foyer.

A piano. (Jean-Philippe Delberghe/Unsplash)

“I noticed the piano right here and said, ‘Oh wow, that’s a really nice piano,'” Dudal told Inside Edition. “And he was like, ‘You play?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I play. I’ve been playing for about 11 or 12 years now.'”

Paul invited the teen to play the piano. The Varchettis were no virtuosos: the baby grand had been a gift from friends, and most of the time the instrument simply sat there collecting dust.

“[That] poor piano has never had anything but Mary Had a Little Lamb and Three Blind Mice played on it,” Julie Varchetti told WJBK.

However, when the teen pizza driver hit the keys, that all changed.

Sitting in front of the grand piano, the teen began to play the third movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

Unable to believe what he was seeing, Paul filmed the teen’s performance and immediately sent it to his wife.

“We were just freaking out,” Julie told Inside Edition. “We just couldn’t believe it.”

For Dudal, it wasn’t a big deal. However, the teen was just glad to have the opportunity to bring some classical music into the strangers’ lives.

Music score. (Oscar Gende Villar/Flickr[CC BY 2.0 (ept.ms/2haHp2Y)])
“I just wanted someone to enjoy classical music and be inspired,” Dudal said.

A Lifelong Talent

Before Dudal received private lessons, the teen was mostly self-taught. He’s been playing most of his life, thanks to early exposure to classical music.

“My mom, when I was real young, she got me Beethoven CDs, and I used to sit there and listen to them all day,” Dual said. “The music just spoke to me.”

A Beethoven CD. (Piano Piano!/Flickr[CC BY 2.0 (ept.ms/2haHp2Y)])
“I don’t really know what made me fall in love with it,” Dudal told Today. “I remember starting out playing on my Aunt Sue’s keyboard and we used to play together.”

By the time he played for the Varchettis, however, Dudal’s music career had been put to the side. He’s been playing baseball, another talent of his, which earned him a scholarship as he headed to Macomb Community College.

A baseball. (Ben Hershey/Unsplash)

“I wasn’t really taking lessons that much anymore. I kind of got a little bit bored with it,” Dudal told WXYZ.

Nevertheless, Dudal still enjoyed playing when the occasion arose.

“It’s always a big stress reliever to be able to just bust out some Beethoven or Mozart,” Dudal said.

A Passion Reignited

After the video of the impromptu performance went viral on Facebook, Dudal became a star. The newfound attention for his talent may have put Dudal back towards his first love.

“It was kind of a big wake up call right here for me to get back into music,” Dudal told WJBK.

According to Today, the video has earned him plenty of fans and even offers from local bands, reigniting an interest in studying music at school.

“I would definitely pursue music and study at a university,” Dudal told Today. “I would love to be a concert pianist.”

As for the Varchettis, they’re thrilled for their pizza boy, and Julie met up with him since posting the video.

“I was so excited to finally meet Bryce after watching the video probably 20 times,” Julie told Today. “He is a very sweet, humble kid.”

“It’s one of those heart-warming stories,” Julie told WXYZ. “You can never judge a book by its cover.”

Hubby ordered Hungry Howies tonight (Which we never do because I’m obsessed with Jets, but I wasn’t home)for the kiddos and the delivery guy noticed our piano. He kindly asked if he could play for a sec and this is the treat they got!!!! Figures I wasn’t home. 😱😯😲😮😳Says he’s self taught. His name is “Bryce”. What talent! #betterthanranchonpizza#holycow#whyareyoudeliveringpizzas

Gepostet von Julie Varchetti am Mittwoch, 25. Juli 2018

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