ABC News’ Kirit Radia Reports: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an accomplished pianist, always envisioned playing at Carnegie Hall. Today, she got an arguably better gig.
Rice performed before the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace this evening, alongside the wife of her British counterpart and several members of the London Symphony Orchestra.
The group performed a piece by Brahms, Rice’s favorite composer.
Rice rarely plays the piano in public. She performed earlier this year at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. She also played for a gathering of diplomats at the ASEAN meetings in 2006.
Rich received from the Queen an audio recording of the recital as a gift. Rice met with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Foreign Secretary David Miliband early in the day. She stopped in London Monday on her way to Brussels for a meeting of NATO leaders.
Also on Monday, Rice praised Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., when asked about her selection by President-elect Barack Obama to be her successor at the State Department.
"The first time that I met Senator Clinton was actually a world away from Washington, when she brought her freshman daughter to Stanford University where I was provost. And so our relationship goes back quite a long way. And I am very fond of her," said Rice.
"I think she has worked very hard on behalf of the country. I think she really comported herself very well in the campaign. And she’s an inspiration to a lot of people and a lot of – not just women, a lot of people. I know that she will bring enormous energy and intellect and skill to the position."