Strings Attached is a powerful memoir about resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy, of how one man transformed his own heartache into a legacy of triumph and joy for his students. It is lyrically told in alternating chapters by Joanne Lipman, a former student, now an award-winning journalist, and Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter, now a Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist.
Students knew Jerry Kupchynsky as “Mr. K,” the fierce Ukrainian-born school music teacher who rehearsed them until their fingers almost bled, and who made them better than they had any right to be. Away from the classroom, though, life seemed to conspire against him. Strings Attached takes you on his remarkable journey, from his childhood on the run in Nazi Germany, to his life in America caring for his two young daughters and his invalid wife, to his search for his younger daughter after she mysteriously disappears. Heartbreaking yet ultimately triumphant, it is a testament to the astonishing power of hope.