Classical pianist storms Britain’s Got Talent

April 30, 2017 by norman lebrecht


A Londoner who drops Debussy into his piano medleys has emerged a surprise favourite in the Simon Cowell television show.

Tokio Myers, 32, was 11 years old when he saw his headmaster stabbed to death in a Maida Vale school. He has developed an piano act that is distinctively his own, rooted in a classical training.

Is the pop world ready for a proper pianist?

Comments (4)

  1. mr oakmountain says:

    The pop world is full of classically trained people. They are called session players, studio musicians, background singers, hell, even the occasional producer. ☺

  2. V.Lind says:

    Barry Manilow? Juilliard trained. Keith Emerson. Peter Skellern from Procul Harum. Loads, in fact.

    Not to mention DR. AL-W.

    1. Jeffrey Biegel says:

      Yes, V. Lind, you are spot on. Neil Sedaka–Juilliard trained too. Peter Nero–Juilliard trained too.

    2. Cyril Blair says:

      Stephen Colbert’s band leader/pianist Jon Batiste went to Juilliard.

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