Heifetz as I Knew Him
by Ayke Agus
For the last 15 years of Jascha Heifetz's life, Ayke Agus was his closest companion. She came to him as a violin student in his master class at the University of Southern California, but he singled her out when he heard her play the piano. She became his private accompanist and ultimately his assistant and confidante. A sensitive and astute observer, Agus takes up where pr...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Amadeus Press
(first published February 15th 2001)
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Absolutely fascinating. As interested as I was in Agus's narrative of becoming an integral part of the last 15 years of Heifetz's life, I was even more intrigued by her own story as a prodigy from an exotic land, a young woman whose upbringing prepared her for what sounds like one of the most challenging jobs in the world: Heifetz's personal pianist AND Gal Friday!