Putin’s not getting any better at piano playing

Putin’s not getting any better at piano playing


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2015

This is recent video of the Russian president playing at being a musician.

You can’t see his hands so there’s no way of knowing who’s producing the notes.

(Denis Matsuev, maybe?)

Here’s an older, more credible video of presidential pianism.
putin piano


  • Mark Henriksen says:

    The humor of playing the Darth Vader Theme is the point here isn’t?

  • Eddie Mars says:

    The movement of the upper arms doesn’t seem likely to be that of those, err, moving the hands 🙂 Especially in the splayed octaves in the RH.

    But as Mark says above, that may not be the underlying meaning of this vid ))

  • Erwin Poelstra says:

    It’s a well kept secret, but actually Putin originally aspired to be a great concert pianist. He entered the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1972, but failed miserably in the first round. As a revenge and with the help of the head of the KGB, he later relentlessly harassed the winner of that year, Andrei Gavrilov, who later fled the country.