Piano Street Magazine

Volcano Brought Chopin to Orange County

April 29th, 2010 in Piano News by | 2 comments

“Because of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano a man sat waiting Monday afternoon in the Newark airport instead of on a plane to Berlin.
Thank you unpronounceable volcano.
Sitting there, the man got a phone call. Yuja Wang had a sore arm, it seemed, and a doctor had ordered her to rest. The man didn’t wonder why they were telling him this. He got on a plane for Orange County.
The pianist had Chopin’s Etudes, all 27 of them, ready to go. He’s been playing them a lot in recent seasons, and recorded them more than 20 years ago. They’re something of a specialty. So he pulled them out of his luggage and played them here.”

Read full concert review >>

…or listen to “the man”, Louis Lortie, performing
Chopin’s Etude op 10 no 1:

Other classical piano related volcano news:
Gramophone: Pianist Paul Lewis photographs the volcano
ClassicFM: Volcano disrupts classical music world
Classical Music UK: Icelandic Volcano disrupts Concert Schedules Worldwide


  • Tsachi says:

    I thought Chopin had only 24 Etudes.

  • Seth says:

    @Tsachi: Don’t forget about the Trois nouvelles études. That makes 27 etudes

  • Write a reply or comment

    Your email address will not be published.