“I play best when I am happy or sad, or when I was young and in love.
If I have ordinary troubles, I forget everything when I play.
I split into two people and the other plays.”
– Stéphane Grappelli
His mother died when he was four, while his father was away fighting in WWI. In the eyes of the world, little Stéphane was an orphan. Eventually, he was reunited with his father, but the two were desperately poor. To make some money, Stéphane would play his second-hand violin on Paris street corners and as a young man, he fell in love with Debussy and Ravel. Over the course of his lifetime, Stéphane played with Oscar Peterson, Yo-yo Ma, and Yehudi Menuhin, and recorded over 50 albums. Before he died in 1997, Stéphane was awarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The father of jazz violin, Stéphane Grappelli, was a genius.
You can watch the master playing one of my most favourite pieces ever, “Jealousy”, below: