Music Made Me - The Allan Schiller Story
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MUSIC MADE ME is the title of a new biography of Allan Schiller, written by Allan Schiller, which has been published in paperback and is available for purchase.
Allan Schiller was a child prodigy who achieved astonishing success in his early years, playing a Mozart concerto at the age of ten with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli.
He was the first English student to be offered a scholarship to study piano technique at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and went there in 1962, aged 18. He shared grim digs with fellow musicians from around the world.
There was a piano in every room and no insulation, so when five students were all practising individually, it was bedlam. He played piano duets with the British ambassador, Sir Humphrey Trevelyan, and went to concerts and parties with the great Russian musicians and composers of the day.
He learned to speak the Russian language, eventually with some fluency. He was shadowed by KGB heavies most of the time and witnessed the Cuban Missile Crisis from the other side of the Iron Curtain.
On his return to the U.K., he established himself as a popular and respected soloist, playing with every major British orchestra who were broadcasting and recording at the time, and touring widely in Europe, Canada and the USA.
He is regarded as one of the finest Mozartians of his generation.
MUSIC MADE ME is Allan Schiller's own story, of a life lived through music, in his own words. It is a paperback, 186 pages, with illustrations. Can be ordered through this website for £10 (p&p for UK £3, Europe £6, USA £7).
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The author is happy to sign or dedicate any copies of the book, as requested: please supply detailed instructions with your order.