An affectionate portrait of the famous American concert pianist Seymour Bernstein (1927), who last performed in public at the age of 50 and who has since devoted himself entirely to mentoring others. With his humour and limitless love of classical music, Bernstein is an inspiration to many people.
The occasion on which he tests a number of new pianos in a New York shop is one of the many enchanting scenes. All of these pianos are fine instruments, but when Bernstein plays them, you can hear the immense difference in quality. However, for Bernstein music does not stand alone. In his philosophy of life, art and life are tightly interwoven. ‘The most important thing a teacher can do for his pupils is to inspire and encourage, not only in the field of music but in every aspect of life’, Bernstein.
Actor Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise) battled with stage fright for years but was able to conquer it thanks to Bernstein, after which he decided to make a film about his guru.