Roxanne de Bastion: The Piano Player of Budapest, A True Story of Holocaust Survival, Music and Hope

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Thursday 18 July 2024

6:30 pm

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The Piano Player of Budapest: A True Story of Holocaust Survival, Music and Hope was named ‘one of 2024's most anticipated books’ by BBC Culture. It is a story about a piano and its most prodigious player – how it, along with him, survived.

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When her father died, singer songwriter Roxanne de Bastion inherited a piano she knew had been in her family for over a hundred years. But it is only when she finds a cassette recording of her grandfather, Stephen, playing one of his compositions, the true and almost unbelievable history of the piano, this man and her family begins to unravel.


Stephen was a man who enjoyed great fame, a man who suffered the horrors of concentration camps in WWII, a man who ultimately survives – along with his piano. By piecing together his cassette recordings, unpublished memoirs, letters and documents, Roxanne sings out her grandfather’s story of music and hope, lost and found, and explores the power of what can echo down through generations.



Roxanne de Bastion

Roxanne de Bastion is a singer-songwriter and artist advocate. She has released two critically acclaimed albums that have been championed by the likes of Iggy Pop and Steve Lamacq. Her...

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