New edition of Clara Haskil’s biography, launched in Bucharest on Saturday

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Music and book lovers will have the opportunity this weekend to attend a double event in Bucharest related to the upcoming Clara Haskil International Festival. The most known biography of Romanian-born pianist Clara Haskil, signed by French musicologist Jérôme Spycket, will be launched at Humanitas Cismigiu Bookshop on Saturday, October 21, at 12:00. The book, initially released 30 years ago, has a new translation published by the Humanitas Publishing House. At the same time, the venue will host the press conference dedicated to the 2017 edition of the Clara Haskil festival, due at the Philharmonic Hall in Sibiu during October 27-29.

The double event on Saturday will be attended by Alina Azario, pianist and artistic director of the festival, Cristina Comandașu, Radio România Muzical editor-in-chief, Dan Dediu, composer pianist and musicologist, and Vlad Alexandrescu, expert in the philosophy and history of ideas.

This year, Humanitas Publishing House makes a new attempt to bring Clara Haskil’s name into the limelight again by re-publishing Jérôme Spycket’s novel, awarded the French Academy’s „Claire Virenque“ prize in 1976.

Clara Haskil was a model for numerous generations of pianists worldwide. The biography will be launched this autumn in other cities in Romania.

Clara Haskil was a kind of magician: she knew how to turn talent into genius, fragility into force, difficulties into perseverance and tenacity. All these dualities make her an inspiration source and a model for each of us- either we are musicians or not. Romania is the country where Clara Haskil was born and I believe that it’s our duty to know her better and to pay a well-deserved homage to her in her country,” said pianist Alina Azario, the initiator of the Clara Haskil festival.

Spycket’s book is capturing Clara Haskil’s biography, from early age when she was familiarized with classic music in Bucharest, across the years of her fight to build a career, and up to the period of the well-deserved international acknowledgement.

Contemporary with George Enescu and Dinu Lipatti, to whome she was a close friend, Clara Haskil has achieved international accreditation and celebrity late in her life. Her life story was going from the intense cultivation of an incredible talent, her endless stage fright, her physical fragility, to the sadness of the day-to-day shortages and the tragism of some complicated times.

However, all these were counter-balanced by the recognition and admiration of the conductors and performers with whom she collaborated or who heard her playing.

The access to the event on Saturday is free and is based on registrations through Eventbook, here.

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