Secret Piano, The

Genre: Biography

Secret Piano, TheFrom Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations

Performed by:
Nancy Wu

Zhu Xiao-Mei was three years old when she saw her first piano, a cherished instrument introduced into her family’s Beijing home by her mother. Soon after, the child began to play, developing quickly into a prodigy who immersed herself in the work of such classical masters as Bach and Brahms. Her astonishing proficiency earned her a spot at the Beijing Conservatory at the tender age of eleven, where she began laying the foundation for a promising career as a concert pianist. But in 1966, with the onset of the Cultural Revolution, life as she knew it ended abruptly. The Communist Party’s campaign against culture forced the closure of art schools and resulted in the deportation of countless Chinese, including Xiao-Mei and her entire family. She spent five years in a work camp in Inner Mongolia, suffering under abysmal living conditions and a brutal brainwashing campaign. Yet through it all, Xiao-Mei kept her dream alive, drawing on the power of music to sustain her courage.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 9 hours
Media Options:
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  • Library Editions: CD

Bonus Material: Contains Bonus Material
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Zhu Xiao-Mei
Nancy Wu

Nancy Wu has narrated audiobooks since 2004. A New York theater TV & film actor, she's recorded books in studios all over the world- from Italy, to Switzerland and Thailand. Credits include: Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent, Hope & Faith, All My Children, Made For Each Other, Oscar-nominated film Frozen River, & Nickelodeon series Three Delivery. Theater: Warren Leight's “No Foreigners Beyond This Point,' Baltimore Centerstage, Lincoln Center, '24 Hour Plays,' Ensemble Studio Theatre, 3Graces & 'theAtrainplays'

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