When Idil was seven, the Turkish congress passed a special law which allowed her to study in Paris. Away from her friends, in an alien city, she was now working under strict supervision, while dreaming of running away.
Idil Biret was five-years-old when she played piano to the Turkish President Ismet Inönü. Two years later, the Congress passed "Idil's Law" which allowed her to study in Paris. Away from her friends, in an alien city, she was now working under strict supervision. Her path crossed with legendary pianists of the time, such as Arthur Rubinstein who later recalled, "The first time I heard her play it brought tears to my eyes''. And yet, Idil dreamed of running away from everything, becoming free again. Today as we listen to her atonal improvisations, Idil Biret's unique energy still retains its mystery. -- "Our aim was the make a personal and intimate character study of Idil Biret. Perhaps the small sculptures and paintings of cats that filled her house was the clue. Cats that look around them with curiosity and distance..." - Eytan Ipeker