A moving and uplifting history set to music that reveals the rich life of one of the first internationally renowned female violinists, spanning generations from the shores of the Black Sea to the concert halls of New York, The Nightingale’s Sonata is a richly woven tapestry centered around violin virtuoso Lea Luboshutz. Music helped Lea escape the prejudices that dominated the last years of the Russian Empire. Lea’s dramatic rise as an artist was further accentuated by her scandalous relationship with the revolutionary Onissim Goldovsky.
As the world around them descends in to chaos, we follow Lea and her family from Russia to Europe and eventually America. We cross paths with Pablo Casals, Isadora Duncan, Emile Zola, and even Leo Tolstoy. The little girl from Odessa will eventually end up as one of the founding faculty of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music but along the way she will lose her true love her father and watch a son die young. The Iron Curtain would rise but through it all she played on.