Seymour: An Introduction - A Virtuoso of Life 

Seymour Bernstein is the greatest classical pianist you've never heard of.

click to enlarge Seymour Bernstein (left), along with director Ethan Hawke (right).

Seymour Bernstein (left), along with director Ethan Hawke (right).

Seymour: An Introduction is, by far, the best film of 2015 as we already enter the calendar year's second quarter. It's a documentary in what is already turning into another stellar year for docs—given HBO blockbusters The Jinx and Going Clear and, after successful launches at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the soon-to-be released The Hunting Ground; What Happened, Miss Simone?; and The Wolfpack.

Seymour Bernstein is the greatest classical pianist you've never heard of. An absolute virtuoso, Bernstein was also a savant: He grew up in a home with no music or recordings, yet, at the age of 6, when he heard Schubert's "Serenade," he wept and asked to begin playing the piano.

By his teens, Bernstein was on his way to musical success, later performing in some of the biggest concert halls to rapt audiences.

Actor Ethan Hawke, who is at the top of his game with recent performances in Boyhood and Before Midnight, is now behind the lens—Seymour is his second directing effort and first documentary—which he focuses on a world-class musician who stepped away from performing in 1977 because of stage fright and retreated to a one-room Manhattan apartment where he helps younger generations find harmony in their own lives.

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