I can hear my father's voice as I read Margaret’s words, and I can see my father gesticulating as she recounts his adventures. This book has its own music. I regret that my father is not alive to read it himself, but I am certain that he would approve.
— Gregor Piatigorsky's son, Joram
As soon as I read GRISHA I knew what my choice would be. It was really a tour de force. The voice of Grisha just came through so clearly and authentically.
Adirondack Center for Writing Non-Fiction Judge, Chris Angus
GRISHA: The Story of Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky is a book unlike other biographies; well researched, accurate and spellbinding, passionate, compelling. “Leave yourself time for this book,” said one of my friends, “because once you start it, you won’t want to put it down.
Norma Wanegar, Cellist, Venice Florida Symphony
The author, a historian and amateur cellist, has drawn on personal reminiscences, autobiographies, and state archives for this overview of the first half of Piatigorsky’s life. However, instead of a dull recitation of facts and figures, she has chosen to present it in the form of a dramatic narrative….this book is a ripping good yarn.
STRINGENDO, Australian Strings Association
Bartley’s “GRISHA,” a biography of eminent Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky demonstrates understated writing at its most effective...
David Martin Kaslow, Horn Professor Emeritus, University of Denver
This book gives the reader a powerful feeling for the times and Piatigorsky's experiences. One comes away with the sense of witnessing history as well as knowing him on a personal level.