Gone: A, Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung
‘All my life my Stradivarius had been waiting for me, as I had been waiting for her . . .’
At 7 years old Min Kym was a prodigy, the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music. At 11 she won her first international prize. She worked with many violins, waiting for the day she would play ‘the one’. At 21 she found it: a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her build and temperament. Her career soared. She recorded the Brahms concerto and a world tour was planned.
Then, in a train station café, her violin was stolen. In an instant her world collapsed. She descended into a terrifying limbo land, unable to play another note.
This is Min’s extraordinary story – of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been. It is a story of isolation and dependence, of love, loss and betrayal, and the intense, almost human bond that a musician has with their instrument. Above all it’s a story of hope through a journey back to music.
‘The hours fell away as I read this spellbinding tale of love, loss and above all devotion to art’ – Susan Cain, author of international bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
“A vivid, vulnerable portrayal of…life as a child prodigy…. Kym gives a beautiful description of the feeling of performing with a Stradivarius.”
— Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
PUBLICATION DATE: 6 April 2017