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GRISHA: The Story of Russian-American Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky
by Margaret Bartley

Winner of the Adirondack Literacy Award for Non-Fiction, June 2006

Soft cover, 392 pages, 22 black & white photographs
Third Edition, 2009
ISBN 978-0-9760023-0-7
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GRISHA is the story of a struggle between father and son, both aspiring musicians.  While the father fails in the musical world of Tsarist Russia, his son becomes a world famous cellist. For Gregor Piatigorsky, success meant escaping the grip of his father, surviving the murderous Russian pogroms, fleeing from the Bolshevik Revolution and twice escaping the Nazi Holocaust. 

It also meant falling in love with the daughter of the Baron de Rothschild, the wealthiest family in Europe. While Piatigorsky found fame and fortune as a musical artist and entertained presidents, kings and emperors, he was still a man without a country.

As World War II destroyed everything he had ever known, Piatigorsky found sanctuary at Windy Cliff, an abandoned castle in Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York.  In 1942, he achieved his dream of becoming an American citizen and finally stopped running.

Print, Web & Reader Reviews Of GRISHA

Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian-American cellist, age 11, at the Moscow Conservatory

Gregor Piatigorsky, in Elizabethtown, New York, 1942

Piatigorsky Family, 1912

Available In Bookstores

GRISHA is available at the following bookstores:

United States
Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino (707) 937-2215
Metzlers Violins, Glendale (888) VIOLINS
Old Town Music, Pasadena (626) 793-4730

Gainesville Violins, Gainesville (352) 331-5555

Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore (410) 732-6400
Hardy Violins, Catonsville (410) 747-1423

Johnson Strings, Newton Center  (800) 359-9351

Shar Music, Ann Arbor (734) 786-4426

Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake (518) 352-7311
Birch Store, Keene Valley  (518) 576-4561 
Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid (518) 523-2950
Borders Books & Music, Plattsburgh  (518) 566-7006
Cellos 2 Go, Schenectady (518) 527-5789 
Essex County Historical Society, Elizabethtown (518) 873-6466
Fact & Fiction Bookshop, Saranac Lake (518) 891-8067
Hoss’s Country Store, Long Lake (800) 952-HOSS or (800) 952-4677
Juilliard Bookstore, New York City  (212) 799-5000 x237
Mountaineer, Keene Valley  (518) 576-2881
North Country Books, Utica (315) 735-4877
Old Forge Hardware, Old Forge, (800) 821-1454
Patelson's Music, New York (212) 582-5840
Plattsburgh State University Book Store, Plattsburgh (518) 564-2082
Singer Violins, New York (212) 724-4476
String House, Rochester, (585) 442-9272

Borders Books & Music,  Burlington (802) 865-2711
Norwich Bookstore, Norwich (802) 649-1114
Vermont Violins, Burlington (802) 862-0349


Remenyi Music House,  Toronto (416) 961-3111
Sound Post, Toronto (416) 971-6990


Libraire Monnier,  Paris 85-305-190-704

Schools, Book Clubs & Reading Groups

GRISHA: The Story of Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky has been selected by a number of Book Clubs in Florida, Maryland and New York. Groups that would like to read GRISHA as a club selection may contact Otis Mountain Press and order copies of the books at a discount price. Orders of five or more books may be purchased at a 20% discount per book when shipped to a single address. Please contact us for group purchase.

Join an online book club for GRISHA, where you can share your ideas, questions and comments about the book, as well as get ideas for discussion questions for your book club.

Gregor Piatigorsky, 1945

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