My life with Mozart


“One day, he sent me some music. It changed my life. Since that day, I often write to him. When the fancy takes him, he writes back – at a concert, in an airport, on a corner of the street – and he is always startlingly original. He has become my guru and teaches me precious things: wonder, gentleness, serenity and joy.

”A troubled adolescent happens upon a rehearsal of “The Marriage of Figaro”. Through the voice of the Countess Almaviva, Mozart saves his life: you don’t leave a world that contains such marvels and beauty. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt and the genius composer thus become inseparable...

This is Schmitt’s most personal and self-revelatory book, full of admiration, gratitude and love. It includes, in answer to the author’s letters, high-quality versions and recordings of 16 pieces and extracts from among Mozart’s finest works.


  • In Bulgarian language, Editions Lege Artis Publishing House
  • In Dutch published by Atlas uitgerij in 2005, translated by Eef Gratama: Mijn leven met Mozart
  • In German published by Ammann Verlag in 2005, translated by Ines Koebel
  • In Icelandic language, published by Lafleur Publishing
  • In Greek, published by Opera
  • In Italian published by Edizioni e/o in 2005, translated by Alberto Bracci Testasecca
  • In Japonese, published by Kinemajonpo-sha, translated by Kobayashi Nobuyuki
  • In Korean published by Munhak Segye-Sa publishing in 2005
  • In Norwegian published by Pantagruel Forlag
  • In Polish language, published by Znak
  • In Romanian language, published by Humanitas
  • In Swedish published by Storm Förlag/Pantagruel Förlag