The pianist has issued a statement on his Chinese weibo account regretting his memory lapse in a Chopin concerto, played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Korea. The failure provoked a social-media storm in Asia.
‘I apologize for our mistakes in the Seoul concert and would like to issue a sincere apology to our fans and friends and thank the conductor and the orchestra for their support and forgiveness.
‘As a pianist, I know that, no matter what, my performance on stage must be perfect. Any kind of explanation is insufficient.
‘Thank you for your comments.’