University Press of New England

Beginning November 19, 2018 Dartmouth College Press and 
Brandeis University Press titles and titles published under the
University Press of New England and ForeEdge imprints are available through: 

Chicago Distribution Center 
Phone orders: (800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada); (773) 702-7000 (International)
Fax orders: (800) 621-8476 (USA/Canada); (773) 702-7212 (International). 

Web orders will resume on this website for
Dartmouth, Brandeis, and UPNE/ForeEdge soon.

Bookmark and Share

Cover image Click for larger image

Memoirs and Reflections
Evgeny Kissin

2018 • 204 pp. 39 Illus. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Biography - Musicians & Composers / Composer/Musician

$29.95 Hardcover, 978-1-5126-0260-9

$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0261-6

Check your ebook retailer or local library for ebook availability.

No sales outside US & Canada

“A tantalizing collection of snippets.”—The Times Literary Supplement

The life of a musical prodigy

Evgeny Kissin is an internationally renowned classical pianist admired for his interpretations of the repertoires of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. The intensity of Kissin’s thinking animates this candid memoir, illuminating his astonishing memory, his fondness for his family and teachers, and his artistic sense of self.

Memoirs and Reflections chronicles Kissin’s musical education and his early career. His writing is infused with his lifelong engagement with music: an obsessive love that captured, challenged, and nurtured him from a young age. He recounts fortuitous events and serendipitous encounters with remarkable musicians and conductors, including Herbert von Karajan. This book shows Kissin to be surprisingly modest and down-to-earth in spite of his astonishing gift. He writes of his family and friends with tender affection and touching detail.

Reading this intimate memoir is like having a private audience with the great pianist himself.

Click here for TABLE OF CONTENTS

Reviews / Endorsements

“[Kissin] is a born entertainer.”—Economist

“As a piece of literature, it’s as eccentric—and also as honest—as those of us who know him would expect.”—BBC Music Magazine

“Revealing.”—The Spectator

Memoirs and Reflections. . . . is a blend of some of the highlights of his life, musical and otherwise, along with Kissin’s thoughts on a variety of topics from the nature of humanity to the meaning of liberty in Russia to his views of other musicians”—Jewish Chronicle

“Admirers and music-lovers in general will be most interested in his philosophy and his musical gods, both performers and composers.”—

Technically supreme in his generation, he attacks music with a seriousness that is both unrelenting and impenetrable. He walks toward the piano as if toward the gallows, plays without a flicker of awareness that anyone is listening and leaves as soon as decently possible, yielding usually one encore, two at most. . . . He lives at, and for, the piano.”Wall Street Journal

EVGENY KISSIN was born in Moscow in 1971 and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two. At six years old, he entered the Gnessin School of Music, a special school for gifted children where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor. He made his concert debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.466 as a ten year old, and gave his first solo recital one year later. Kissin first performed outside Russia in 1985, and since then he has been showered with awards from around the world. He has been a British citizen since 2002, and an Israeli citizen since 2013.

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:08:06 -0500