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Strings Attached

One Tough Teacher and the Art of Perfection

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Strings Attachedis the story of a brilliant, but ferocious music teacher who came to be known as Mr K. A Ukrainian immigrant who survived an abusive childhood to become a noted resident and teacher, Mr K used music as a means of escape. The authors, who spent their childhoods in the late 60s and 70s, rehearsing and playing together as young musicians, bring the extraordinary character of Mr K to life - from his days as a forced Nazi labourer; to his home life as a husband to an invalid wife; to his heart-breaking search to find his missing daughter; to the terrifying challenges he hurtled from behind the music stand.

Joanne Lipman is one of the United States most prominent journalists and commentators. She was founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and a deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. Currently a Newsweek columnist and adviser to news organisations such as CNN and Yahoo, she is a frequent television commentator, appearing on CNN, CBS and CNBC, among others.

Melanie Kupchynsky began studying violin at the age of four with her father and the subject of the book, 'Mr K'. She has since been a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for more than twenty years, during which time the symphony has won twenty one Grammys.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (November 7, 2013)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471125768

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