A Musical Secret, Hidden Away at an Ethiopian Convent in Jerusalem

Few realized that Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Gebru, 89, is a talented musician and composer. Now a new book recounts her fascinating story.

One morning about two years ago, the phone rang at the home of pianist Maya Dunietz and her husband, conductor Ilan Volkov. Over the line could be heard the faint voice of an elderly woman. It was Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Gebru. “I need your help,” she said to Dunietz, in English. “Could you come see me?”