The American pianist Ruth Slenczynska was perhaps the most astounding child prodigy of the twentieth century. In 1931, when she made her recital debut in Berlin at age six, she was heralded as a musical sensation. The New York Times reported that young Ruth dumbfounded a huge gathering with her almost unbelievable performances . Her musical pedigree boasts studies with Schnabel, Petri, Cortot, and Hofmann. She even played for Sergei Rachmaninioff, the story of which she vividly recounts in this DVD. In 1954, after a fourteen-year hiatus, Slencynska resumed her concert career and established herself as a pianist of impeccable technique and considerable musical insight. From 1964 to 1987, she was Artist-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Since 2001, Ms. Slencynska has lived in New York City, where she teaches privately, gives master classes, and judges various piano competitions.