The Soloist

Category: Business, Misc. Non-fiction

When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard – ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there – until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers’ life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

The Soloist - Part 1

The Soloist - Part 2

The Soloist - Part 3

The Soloist - Part 4

The Soloist - Part 5

The Soloist - Part 6