They met at an airport piano. Now they’re working in studio

March 7, 2018 by norman lebrecht


Valérie Marie was footling around on the piano at Toulouse-Blagnac airport when a guy came over and asked if she knew Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

He said his name was Grégory Benchenafi and someone recorded their performance.

It went viral on Valérie’s Facebook page with 2.5 million hits in six days.

Now the pair are releasing their first professional tracks on iTunes.

Leonard Cohen had the gift that keeps on giving.



Comments (10)

  1. Matt says:


    1. Simon Scott says:

      Or is it Tootling?

  2. Petros Linardos says:

    If every airport had pianos in all boarding areas, airports would be better places. Maybe the world too.

    1. Mike Schachter says:

      Many airports and railway stations do.

      1. Simon Scott says:

        The the central train station of Venice is resplendent with a piano

      2. Petros Linardos says:

        Indeed. That’s why I wrote all.

        1. RW2013 says:

          Recently at Charles de Gaulle I was tempted but didn’t want to end up as a story somewhere.

  3. clarrieu says:

    Ridiculous glorification of musical banality…

  4. Sharon says:

    Isn’t Leonard Cohen still alive?

  5. Jumbo says:

    More natural and authentic than that fake crap played in Vienna at Musikverein by a group of singers conductor and orchestra that should have known better.
    FYI. Leonard Cohen is still dead.

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