Pianist, 97, is back on circuit after breaking hand in road accident

Pianist, 97, is back on circuit after breaking hand in road accident


norman lebrecht

February 12, 2017

Abbey Simon is back.

This week a year ago, he shattered a hand in a horrendous road accident. He has a metal plate in his wrist.

Thursday night, he was back on stage. ‘I’ve been playing piano since I was three years old,’ he says.



  • Torquil Younghusband says:

    Refreshingly different from the innumerable and inescapable 20-something year old females flouting flesh and posturing protuberant anatomical features first and second, with musical accomplishment third.

    • Geoff says:

      Obviously a dig a Yuja Wang, who I hope will live to a ripe old age of at least 97 and play just as well as she does at 30.

      • Bill Larson says:

        There’s a million of them. Just check (what’s left of) the Barnes and Noble cd section. 20-year-old girls with violins over their boobs everywhere.

  • Cubs Fan says:

    Glad to see he’s back in action. My favorite Rachmaninoff piano concerto cycle ever. All the best!

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    One of our living National treasures. A brilliant man, musician and mentor. Bless him with more years to share his legendary gifts.

  • Steven Honigberg says:

    Why he has never been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra during my 35 career with this organization is beyond belief. The system of choosing soloists is BROKEN. Has been for as long as I have a memory.

  • Holly Golightly says:

    Sorry; I just cannot stand seeing decrepit fossils on stage. Eeeeew.