why so concerned with someones religous or racial background??
I've been out of the conventional classical music world for a long time, though that doesn't mean I don't buy the odd disc or keep my ears open. I caught Canada's Lise Doucette who is now a correspondent for BBC doing a quick introduction to Mlle. Grimaud's work, the controversy surrounding her performances (too mannered) as she prepares to play Beethoven's Emperor Concerto (Piano Concerto #5).
I was very impressed by her, and delighted by the fact that at home in rural wooded New York where she takes care of a pack of wolves on her land in her off time.
She is the daughter of Berber (m) and Sephardic (f) Jews.