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Offline pytheamateur

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"Famous" amateur pianists
« on: June 01, 2012, 10:58:09 AM »
Can anyone think of some relatively well-known amateur pianists.

I can think of Condoleezza Rice.  What do you think of her playing?





There is also Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian newspaper.

I'm afraid I have to exclude Donnie Yen, the Hong Kong action movie star.  I don't think his playing is up to scratch yet.
Beethoven - Sonata in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 12
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu, Nocturn in C sharp minor, Op post
Brahms - Op 118, Nos 2 & 3

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Re: "Famous" amateur pianists
«Reply #1 on: June 01, 2012, 06:23:00 PM »
Jim Parsons :)
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Re: "Famous" amateur pianists
«Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 10:47:47 AM »
Helmut Schmidt, chancellor of West Germany 1974-82 (still alive at 93).  He played the easy 3rd piano part in an otherwise professional recording of the Mozart 3-piano concerto under Christoph Eschenbach, around 1980.

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Re: "Famous" amateur pianists
«Reply #3 on: June 02, 2012, 09:12:43 PM »
Just remembered: Edward Heath, British prime minister from 1970 to 1974.
Beethoven - Sonata in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 12
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu, Nocturn in C sharp minor, Op post
Brahms - Op 118, Nos 2 & 3

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Re: "Famous" amateur pianists
«Reply #4 on: June 03, 2012, 02:01:33 AM »
Jim Parsons :)

WHAT? He also plays piano?!? Are you sure?

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Re: "Famous" amateur pianists
«Reply #5 on: June 04, 2012, 02:21:08 PM »
WHAT? He also plays piano?!? Are you sure?

Watch from 2:10

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Re: "Famous" amateur pianists
«Reply #6 on: June 05, 2012, 12:11:28 AM »
Richard Nixon. Make of that what you will.
"What the world needs is more geniuses with humility. There are so few of us left" -- Oscar Levant