Arts Practise School is only the beginning. We can learn all our lives. The Lady in Number 6 A Century of Wisdom pianist Alice Herz-Sommer.
We can learn all our lives is a quote from ‘A Century of Wisdom’ which I have just finished reading, a biography by Caroline Stoessinger about 109 year old pianist and holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer. It’s a wonderful book which I only came to know of because of the recent Academy Award winning doco about Herz-Sommer based upon Stoessinger’s book. Herz-Sommer is an amazing, energetic and intelligent lady who at 108 still puts in several hours of piano practice daily, despite having ‘retired’ from performing as a concert pianist. Her music is her life and she is nourished and guided by it. She passed away just a few weeks before the documentary received an Oscar. You can see a link to a video short ‘The Lady in Number 6’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oxO3M6rAPw
Whether you are looking for wisdom of seeking insights into an artist’s life I highly recommend this book.
Stoessinger, C 2012, A Centuary of Wisdom, Randon House, USA