In his compact New York apartment, pianist Seymour Bernstein (1927), by now an octogenarian yet sharp as a pin, receives his mainly adult students. The virtuoso musician could have been a star if the talented veteran hadn’t disliked the spotlights and commercialism the artistic life entails. The stage, so he muses in this intimate documentary, would have made him a different musician and person. Bernstein prefers to pass his knowledge on to others. Whereas most Americans aim for a “Flash Dance fantasy” in which talent is everything, Bernstein is primarily interested in craftsmanship and practice. A lot of practice. Bernstein philosophises away in his pleasing baritone: about the power of music, the soul of art and about life. Various students, good friends and director (and actor) Ethan Hawke speak about this thoroughly inspiring, likable man.