Paris pianist is named

Paris pianist is named


norman lebrecht

November 14, 2015

The pianist who turned up this morning outside the Bataclan concert hall and played John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on a grand piano that mysteriously materialised was named as Davide Martello from Konstanz, in Germany.

Click here to watch: Pianist performs Imagine

He turned up with a piano on a bicycle, played an emotional rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, and then left.German pianist Davide Martello performed at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris – where at least 80 people lost their lives last night.

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Davide Martello is known to Slipped Disc readers as a German artists who plays the piano in war zones. Read here.

On returning home, Davide posted this message:

Hi guys,

thank you for your mails. I just got back home in Germany safe and tired from a 24h drive. … Everything started in a irish pub in Konstanz while I was watching the soccer match between France and Germany. After I saw that insane violence I just followed my heart and went to Paris with my piano. This was one of my most touching moments in my life and I need to rest and reflect about what happened in this short time. I will responde you as soon as I can, I hope you guys understand



  • M_von_Kolinahr says:

    Nice gesture… John himself is missed at times like this more than ever. May his vision never be forgotten. “You may say I’m a dreamer”, he sang – perhaps – but the truth is, whatever way, the world really is ultimately what we all make of it. Good luck to all of us.

  • Olaugh Turchev says:

    Opportunist. Disgusting.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Bad taste always emerges where all people share postdisaster mood.

  • Jim says:

    Yes, a nice gesture, pity he was only playing to people with cameras. C’est la (moderne) vie

  • Furzwängler says:

    He turned up with a piano on a bicycle, played an emotional rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’…

    What I’d really like to know is how he managed to get that piano on his bicycle.

  • Ppellay says:

    Seems that no matter how well-intentioned a gesture, the cynics here will see an opportunity to harrumph as usual. Modern life, all right!

    • jaypee says:

      As you can see, Turchev and Borstlap couldn’t wait to prove -again- what pathetic jerks they are. All we need now is Osborne and his rant on the Vienna Philharmonic.

  • Richard says:

    I thought that one of the rules of this blog was not to be abusive, nor insulting etc. Norman ? Hello ? … We have some Jihadists here …

  • William Safford says:

    Here is an article about this from a bicyclist’s perspective: