The Sudden Pianist (USA, 30min)

Directed by: Richard Anderson


Michael Hersch

Long established as a leading voice among composers of his generation, Michael Hersch is also one of the great pianists of our time. With “The Sudden Pianist”, filmmaker Richard Anderson has created an intimate portrait, shedding light on this aspect of Hersch's music making with never before seen or heard footage of Hersch performing his own work at the piano - from his debut to the present day. There are also rare interviews throughout with Hersch. The film is a moving journey into the mind of one of America's most unique artists. While much has been written about Hersch's gifts as a composer, his abilities at the piano have been witnessed by few, as he shuns most public performances.