A child piano prodigy, I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the height of apartheid, circa the '50s and '60s. At the mercy of a superambitious mother who demanded I practice ten hours a day, I began thinking of writing my story at a very young age. I earned a Licentiate Diploma in piano performance from the University of South Africa, and won their prestigious overseas scholarship. I opted to study with pedagogue Aube Tzerko in Los Angeles. There, I morphed into a music journalist, eventually working on staff as an arts reporter and editor for more than a decade at the Los Angeles Times. I have contributed to the New York Times. Now living in Portland, Oregon, I recently published three Jewish-themed e-books:
"Mewsings: My Life as a Jewish Cat," featuring cat Ketzel's take on modern Judaism (also an audio CD); "A Jew from Riga," a short story about my visit to Latvia to learn more about my Dad's mysterious past, and the recent "Kvetch: One Bitch of a Life--A Memoir of Music & Survival." www.amazon.com/dp/B005GFI5MO.
I look forward to joining the Red Room. Why? I welcome becoming part of an obviously intelligent, discerning community. And, of course, finding a place to promote my work before this audience.
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