Don’t miss Anthya Cohen at the West End Book Shop tomorrow evening!


Anthya Cohen, pianist and artist whose work is represented by Lebrecht Music & Arts, will be talking about her autobiography Overture and Beginners Please: An Autobiography in Five Movements. She will be at the trendy West End Lane Bookshop in West Hampstead, London this Tuesday evening 18 July. It promises to be a very special evening.

When young South African Anthya Rael left her family behind to come and study in post-war London, she not only found a new life full of music, colour and career success as a concert pianist, she also found lifelong love with violinist Raymond Cohen.

Overture and Beginners Please: An Autobiography in Five Movements, spans Anthya’s long life, from her background growing up in a family of East European emigrées in colonial Durban, to her London years with a cast of colourful friends and teachers and her match made in heaven with Cohen, who became leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with whom she travelled the world performing.

Now sadly widowed after a 50 year union, Anthya, who is still performing and teaching the piano well into her Eighties, will be at the West End Lane Bookshop at 7:30 to talk about her affectionate look back on a life well lived. If you would like to attend, please contact 0207 431 3770 or email

Images © Anthya Cohen, click here to see more.

 'Piano concerto' by Anthya CohenPiano Concerto, lino cut

'Playtime'  - Anthya CohenPlaytime, oil painting

The green-room  -  painting in oils by Anthya COHEN -

The Green Room, oil painting

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