Lockdown Listening with Julia Zilberman
Julia Zilberman, Chair of the Development Board, shares her Lockdown Listening, from Rachmaninov to Beethoven, from Bernes to burlesque.
I grew up to the sound of music, my mum played the piano which my grandparents bought in Berlin just after the war and it had faithfully accompanied her as they moved from one country to another, and my dad played guitar. Guitar was such a prominent member of the family that I rarely remember an occasion without it, as a new-born I’m convinced I heard the sound of its strings before registering my parents’ voices.
I shared my bedroom with that piano as my parents did everything they could to help me learn. So did endless number of most patient music teachers. Sundays were spent alternating between the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and The Moscow Conservatory but much to the family and my own disappointment, lack of patience and ability halted my development. Thankfully, my failure to play did not prevent a life-long love of music.