New video: After the cellphone, the pianist returns a little shakily to Haydn

New video: After the cellphone, the pianist returns a little shakily to Haydn


norman lebrecht

November 01, 2013

Many readers have written in to ask what Christian Zacharias did after breaking off his concerto when a cellphone rang. Well, the concert continued. Video of the encore has just been released. The enterprising pianist reaches deep down into his resources – and totally changes the atmosphere. Watch.



  • Martin says:

    That’s what I mean by turning a negative scenario into something positive.

  • olivier says:

    Fair play!

  • Martin says:

    Btw, this whole episode has other positive (side) effects.

    I’ve never heared of before, now I’m aware of that site.

    Also never noticed composer Andrea Tarrodi (one of his pieces can be heared in gsoplay), who has written a few interesting compositions, i.e. a Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Orchestra one one for oboe and stings.

  • Lorna says:

    Sadly, not an isolated incident. Brilliantly handled. (…or should that be ‘haydn-ed’, groan!)

  • Can you imagine how mortified the owner of the phone must have been? I would have died 100 deaths!!! I once put my phone on silent during a particularly boring play and it went off in this hip bag I was wearing and sounded like a trapped woodpecker. I almost died. I had to run out of the theatre. At least Iphones REMAIN obediently silent and vibrate gently.

  • Lorna says:

    With the best will in the world, it can happen to anyone, but so glad it wasn’t me!

  • USELLINI silvio says:

    In the last (2012) Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition in Monza during the final test with orchestra

    a cellophon rang. The Conductor stopped the orchestra and………it was his phone!