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A child prodigy pianist, Greta Beigel was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in South Africa during the apartheid years. Greta's mother, struggling and stigmatized by divorce, lived vicariously through her talented daughter, all in an attempt to gain acceptance from her unforgiving Jewish brethren. Greta survived many years of torment at the hands of her superambitious mother, but went on to win a prestigious overseas scholarship from the University of South Africa. You can hear part of her award-winning recital on an Amazon MP3 featuring works by Bach and Glazunov. Greta migrated to California, where she reunited with her long-lost Yiddishe father Richard, who had left the family in Africa when she was 10. In Los Angeles, Greta studied with pedagogue Aube Tzerko before becoming a music journalist, working on staff at the Los Angeles Times, also as an arts editor. To her surprise, Greta is the author of three Jewish-themed titles: "Mewsings: My Life as a Jewish Cat," also an audio CD with Greta narrating, and tracks by pianist Michael Hoppe; "A Jew from Riga," a short story about her search to know more about her Dad, and the recent, "Kvetch: One Bitch of a Life," a memoir about growing up Jewish and gifted in Africa, circa '50s and '60s.