French pianist Hélène Grimaud describes herself as a contrary child who was a trial to her teachers. She began piano at age nine, and at 16 she was awarded the Paris Conservatory’s First Prize Diploma. She experiences synesthesia, seeing music as color – D minor is blue, E-flat major is green. Grimaud is a passionate wildlife conservationist, and founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. Listen to her perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.
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