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Strings Attached - One tough teacher and the art of perfection

Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky

ISBN: 978-1-47110-201-1


Number of pages: xvii+326 pages
Chapters: 20
© 2013 Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky
Sent to a reviewer on 30 June 2014


Part I
Chapter 1: The Debut
Chapter 2: The Rehearsal
Chapter 3: The Students
Chapter 4: The Concertino

Part II
Chapter 5: The Viola
Chapter 6: Academic Overture
Chapter 7: The Mendelssohn

Part III
Chapter 8: Baba
Chapter 9: The Audition
Chapter 10: Stage Fright
Chapter 11: 'Mr Jerry'
Chapter 12: Yesterday

Part IV
Chapter 13: The Conservatory
Chapter 14: The Gig
Chapter 15: Duets

Part V
Chapter 16: The Disappearance
Chapter 17: The Gift
Chapter 18: Meditation
Chapter 19: Finale
Chapter 20: Coda

Mr K's Black Russians
Bibliographical Notes
Photograph Credits

If you're lucky, somewhere in your past is that one person who changed your life forever.

For Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, that person was a music teacher known to his students as Mr K.

Joseph Kupchynsky demanded perfection of his students, often making them play until their fingers bled. And yet, Mr K inspired a fierce, life-long loyalty in them.

In 1991, when his daughter mysteriously disappeared, Mr K turned to Joanne, now a journalist, for help. As they embarked on a heartbreaking search for the missing girl, the poignant tale emerged of the man behind the music stand. A Jewish Armenian immigrant, Kupchynsky was a victim of childhood abuse and the survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, who found his escape in music. A passionate, remarkable man, Mr K transformed his heartache into triumph for those he taught ...


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