Helene And The Wolf

Most classical musicians have lives and interests that range far beyond the concert hall, but pianist Helene Grimaud has managed to become almost as well known for her hobby – a passionate interest in wolves – as she is for her playing. “Her advocacy work has aroused a certain skepticism in the classical music world. Some have suggested that she’s in it as much for her own image as for the wolves’. But surely there are easier — and safer — ways to gain publicity… On a broader, impersonal level, Ms. Grimaud said that at a time when classical music and wolves are devalued if not endangered, with both ‘there’s no long-term hope for conservation without education.'”