When Tibor was at Julliard and Carla was at Barnard College, they attended the same services at the Jewish Theological Seminary and she even attended one of his concerts at Julliard. But they didn’t meet until the fall of 1959 when both were in Kansas City. Abe Meth, ritual director at Beth Shalom synagogue had asked Tibor to play at a Chanukah Festival and as Tibor needed an accompanist, Abe connected him with pianist Rose Levine, who was Carla’s mother. Carla was home from Boston where she had just received her Master’s in History from Radcliffe College when Tibor to come to her house to rehearse. He was immediately smitten – first by Rose and then by Carla.
They were married in 1963, two weeks before Carla received her Ph.D. in History and Middle East Studies from Harvard. In 1967, Danielle was born and then twins, Mirra and Serena, in 1970. They now have five granddaughters and they all love music!