Wild Harmonies

Wild Harmonies

A Life of Music and Wolves

Book - 2006
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A celebrated French pianist's poignant story of her journey from her early days as a student in Paris to her life as the founder of a wolf conservation center in upstate New York. A gifted pianist from a young age, Hélène Grimaud made her first recording at the age of fifteen and won the French equivalent of a Grammy at sixteen. She is a classical music star whose concerts continue to draw sellout crowds all over Europe and North America. But it wasn't until she met her first wolf that she discovered there was something missing in her life. Late one night in 1991, Grimaud encountered a wolf-dog hybrid in Florida and felt an immediate, instinctual connection to the animal-one that the wolf also seemed to share. Determined to do what she could to protect this threatened species, she committed her time and resources to becoming certified to found her own wolf preserve on the grounds of her home in New York State. Today, the master pianist acts as a tireless advocate for wolves, a species she believes has been unfairly demonized throughout history. In turn, the animals have given her a sense of freedom that she has never before experienced, even as an artist. In a beautifully rendered personal story that weaves the tale of a musical prodigy's rise to stardom with one of an animal lover learning to communicate on a level as primal as music, Hélène Grimaud touches, astonishes, and delights with her remarkable insight and passion.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2006
New York : Riverhead Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781594489273
Branch Call Number: Performing Arts 786.209 Gri
Performing Arts 786.209 Gri
Additional Contributors: Hinsey, Ellen 1960-


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Aug 21, 2015

It's hard to imagine two topics less likely to merge into a single story than the early life and career of a concert pianist and a developing relationship with wolves. But that's the true-life story of Helene Grimaud. Temperamental, driven, at times rebellious to the point of perversity but also sensitive, perceptive and extremely gifted, Grimaud would make an interesting study for anyone tuned in to classical music and the people who perform it. But add to that the sequence of events that began with a late-night walk in Florida and you have a truly unique tale.

Aug 13, 2012

An interesting "autobiography" of a very talented and mesmerizing pianist. She talks of her feelings, philosophies, and her training at a young age. She also explores relationships of humans to other species, especially in regards to her favorite:wolves. recommended.


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