Berlin to stage Brendel fest

Old pianists don’t fade away.

They turn 85.

Time for a retro festival at the Konzerthaus Berlin next year with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Lisa Batiashvili, Kit Armstrong and other Brendel followers on stage. Plans announced this morning.


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  • He’s the dearest pianist to me, is Alfred Brendel. I went to a lecture of his in the Musikverein in 2011 just after he’d retired. What joy.

  • I will never understand those who don’t like his style of play. To me it is genius. His Schubert makes me cry.

  • Brendel fascinates because he is the leading contemporary refutation of the Horowitz conjecture: “There are three kinds of pianists: Jewish pianists, homosexual pianists, and bad pianists.”

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