The definitive musical autobiography from internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Roger Woodward.
This is the remarkable story of one of the world's leading musicians. In Beyond Black And White, the author documents a rich life's journey in this part memoir, part manifesto: from boyhood lessons at the piano in Miss Pope's lounge room, to working with the world's most celebrated musicians, conductors and orchestras in a career that spans more than fifty years in Europe, China, Japan and the Americas.
As a brilliant young artist in the early sixties Roger Woodward left Sydney to pursue piano studies behind the Iron Curtain, in Poland, at the height of the Cold War. His experiences awakened a profound sense of social justice and a deep appreciation of the relationship between art and revolution that has informed a lifelong dedication to human rights.
Praise for Roger Woodward
'a pianistic genius' - the Guardian
'fingers and nerves of steel' - the New Yorker
'one of the most consistently exciting and convincing interpreters of virtuoso avant-garde music' - Financial times
'unrivalled in this country' - Sydney Morning Herald
'Awesome' - the times
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Roger Woodward is an internationally acclaimed musician and one of Australia's most prolific recording artists. He lives in San Francisco, where he is a professor at San Francisco State University. Woodward frequently returns to Australia and is committed to performing in regional and rural areas. His contribution to music has been recognised by the Polish Order of Merit, Polish Order of Solidarity, Polish Gloria Artis and Order of the British Empire. He is Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres, recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal and Companion of the Order of Australia.
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