Frances Brent author of a deeply moving and acclaimed book, “The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson” (Atlas & Co.) shares her journey researching and writing the story of this iconic and profound teacher and musician. Who was Lev Aronson? Why should every musician and music lover know his name? How did he transfer his passion for music to his students and transform them into some of the greatest cellist of our day? What was his process of teaching? All this and more in a special conversation with award winning storyteller Ty Kim, a former journalist for 60 Minutes and the director of a series of short films “Tell Me A Story About Lev Aronson.”
Frances Brent is the author of “The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson” (Atlas & Co.). Richard Sennett of The Wall Street Journal reviewed the acclaimed book: “Frances Brent gives us a moving account of Aronson’s experience—through war and peace—and a nuanced appreciation of his musical gifts…One of the virtues of Ms. Brent's work is that she so ably evokes what it was like to be a musician in central Europe in the 1930s. Aronson played for audiences who knew music well and probably played it themselves.”
Ms. Brent's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Notre Dame Review, Yale Review, and in many other journals. She was born in Chicago and was educated at Barnard College. She studied poetry at Columbia University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. From 1984-1991 she co-edited the literary journal Formations. In 1987 she co-translated Beyond the Limit: poems by Irina Ratushinska-ya. She has taught at Yale, Northwestern, Loyola University, and Barat College. Frances Brent lives with her family in New York City.
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