From Russia to Love

Dr. Eva Maria Chapman

The Life and Music of Viktoria Mullova.
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From Russia to Love

Published by Robson Books
1st May 2012
Genre: Composer & Musician Biography

As told to Eva Maria Chapman, the story of Viktoria Mullova's life is one of striking contrasts and huge challenges. She stunned the world when, along with her Georgian lover, she defected from the USSR as a 23-yearold in 1983, famously leaving behind the priceless Stradivarius with which she had won the coveted gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. With nothing but her violin bow and her astonishing looks, she went on to conquer the classical world stage. Mullova's life consists of two halves. The first was spent in the austere totalitarian society of the USSR and the second half in the expansive liberalism of the West. The book tell us how she has assimilated these antithetical experiences in her music, and her personal life makes for a compelling story. Her own history is particularly gripping, with the background of the terror and uncertainty of Cold War Russia. This is an amazing true story of adventure, fear, love and music.

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Dr. Eva Maria Chapman

A former teacher, psychotherapist, researcher and successful business woman, I became an author when nursing my stepfather, Sasha for the last 2 years of his life. After a 33-year estrangement, we totally forgave each other and he unburdened the harrowing story of his Jewish family in Ukraine in WW2, and died a happy man. This plus my mentally ill mother’s equally harrowing life, led me to write Sasha & Olga, (Lothian Books 2006). This launched my new career as a writer...

"An extraordinarily good book, not only about an outstanding violinist, but also about the history and life in former USSR. It is also as gripping as Ian Fleming's books, and one of only two books I've read again immediately after finishing it the first time. Highly recommended."
- Dr. Andrew R. Price
"Viktoria Mullova first came to my attention via a film called "Viktoria Comes West". It was screened by the BBC in January 1985 as part of its "Real Lives" documentary strand, and told of how, 18 months earlier, the prize-winning and outstanding violinist had defected from the stifling background of the Soviet Union, to settle in the USA. For me, her output on record is second to none, from Mendelssohn to Stravinsky, and even to the Bee Gees and Donald Fagen on a collection called "Through the Looking Glass". Her 2009 recording of J.S.Bach: 6 Sonatas & Partitas is an ideal place to start, if you are so far unfamiliar with her work. She is also a dynamic, exciting concert performer. "From Russia to Love", written by Eva Maria Chapman with the help of Mullova herself, lays bare Mullova's drive and inventiveness as a soloist, and tells of her eventual relocation to London for family life with her cellist husband Matthew Barley. It also reveals how she finally resumed contact with her roots in Moscow after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. This is a moving, fascinating and at times gripping memoir about a musician's commitment, perfectionism and curiosity."
- R Stephens
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