The 29-year old, up and coming virtuoso pianist. He was
compared to world's finest performers, when at the age of
20, he won the prestigious Montreal competition. However,
an undeserved defeat at the Chopin Competition ruined his
career. He is torn between playing for judges and critics
and those who simply love music. He is ambitious, sincere,
independent, searching for his place in life.
He is a lively and full of life's vigor, retired high school
math teacher. He came to Europe in 1945, as a young Polish-American,
serving in the US armed forces. In Chicago, he unknowingly
left his pregnant girlfriend. After her death, he did not
return home and learned about his son years later. He yearns
to see his family, however, he refuses to return as a "nobody".
Only success at the horse races can
She is a young, sensitive and well-read, single mother.
She works at the off trackbetting place. For years, she
has been a friend of Frank Goretzky. It is he that introduced
her to Oliver. Their acquaintance soon develops into something
A former pianist, he is a pedagogue and a juror of the most
renowned piano competitions. Citizen of the world, he is
one of the few individuals, who has the deciding factor
which determines the career of the upcoming pianists. Karloff
is an erudite, who loves and understands art. He seems amiable,
at times even jovial, however, under the sheepskin of gentleness
and cordiality, he is determined, domineering, and even
cynical. Mephisto incarnate. During his encounter with Oliver,
a man whose career he had previously destroyed, he reveals
the firm rules of the "game", which govern the
world of piano competition. In exchange for Oliver’s integrity
and "artistic soul", Karloff makes Oliver an offer
he cannot refuse.
Linovsky, Oliver's Mother
She was once considered a great talent. After a crippling
accident she shifted her personal ambitions to her son.
She dreams of a great career for her son, a dream she herself
has failed to fulfill. She is sensitive yet often ruthless
and is overprotective of her son.
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