Author: Hershey Felder

Hershey Felder is a pianist, actor and producer known for his portrayals of classical and American composers on the theatrical stage. Canada born to European parents and with a European heart, Felder is a proud resident of Florence.
November 1, 2020

Encountering Zeffirelli again

    The road to a mystical Florentine moment began in my hometown of Montreal. I was still a teenage pianist and I had just learned that Fryderyk Chopin, the perfect piano composer had said, “If you really want to give the piano a soul when you play, listen to great singers of opera and […]
October 3, 2020

The chef and the musicians: Jeff Thickman and Igor Polesitsky

  In this enchanted city of Florence, it isn’t just the art, it’s the artists, where meeting one might lead to meeting two, or four, and then, as if by some magical Medici potion, seven might just find themselves on a Tuscan hilltop on a mid-September afternoon, where the dry heat of summer has given […]
September 10, 2020

The Magic Box

It all began when I was a very little boy, so I am told.   I was born in Montreal, one of North America’s oldest cities that held on fast to its European origins while creating its own cosmopolitan way of being. Immigrants, whether Greek, Asian, Eastern European, Italian or whomever, chose not to melt […]