How a viola soloist deals with a ringtone interruption

How a viola soloist deals with a ringtone interruption


norman lebrecht

January 23, 2012

You thought it couldn’t happen twice? It did.


  • Dean Frey says:

    Nicely done! This tune is played 1.8 billion times a day worldwide, so it’s bound to happen occasionally at a violin (or a Mahler) concert.

  • Rosana Martins says:

    Brilliant reaction! Unfortunately it won’t prevent future bad manners from audiences. I wish it did!

  • ariel says:

    Brilliant response !! one could not but observe how his playing came to life when he had something to say,quite a contrast to what preceded — saved by the bell …

  • Great video, but I’m afraid it’s just a matter of time before ASCAP’s henchmen knock on his door, ready with a hefty fine for playing that (abysmal) ringtone without obtaining performance rights first. After all, they came after the Girl and Boy Scouts for singing camp songs…

  • Ziggy says:

    Now that’s an elegant reproof!

  • David Conway says:

    By the way, just a brief plug for the beautiful building (the synagogue in Presov) where Lukáš is playing – superbly maintained by town although there is scarcely a congregation left.

  • Eric Benjamin says:

    An impressive ear – not all musicians can so readily reproduce with accuracy a pitch sequence on short notice. And then to improvise on it with some skill! Talent and training on display!

    And what a gorgeous sound he has, helped by a wonderful acoustic in a beautiful setting. Does anyone know where he was playing?

  • Darlene Moak says:

    This was beautiful. I love the viola. What a classy response to what, unfortunately, has become an increasingly bothersome phenomenon in every sort of activity.

  • Jesse says:

    This was pre-arranged, obviously, and creative. But should not be taken at face value. Notice when the
    ringtone sounded, at the end of the movement, and how well-prepared the player was with a
    response. Nice idea. But not original. It has already been used to help train audiences of the
    disruption of cell phones.

  • Rick Robertson says:

    The score of the piece which this ringtone is based is available. Can’t remember the title, but it is a waltz for classical guitar. I have a .pdf file somewhere.

  • ariel says:

    If Jesse is correct then it would explain why his playing before the ringtone was so awfully dull and that he was
    just waiting to perk up at the ring when his sound improved and brought life to an otherwise comatose performance .