Mikhail Pletnev: I do not listen to other musicians

Mikhail Pletnev: I do not listen to other musicians


norman lebrecht

March 21, 2017

From a rare new interview with the Russian pianist and conductor:

Do you read reviews of your concerts?

– No.

Why do you prefer to sit in a chair at the piano and not on a stool?

– Back ache. If I get tired – I can lean back and relax a bit.

Do you go to concerts of other artists? If so, which ones?

– I do not go.

– Did you watch the last Tchaikovsky Competition?

– No.

Full interview here (in Russian).



  • Daniel F. says:

    Hope readers of Russian can let us non-Russian readers in on what gives. I hope I’m wrong, but the English-language promo or trailer here does not appear promising for “revelations”. Schnabel always used a chair, as did Myra Hess and, no doubt, others.

  • M2N2K says:

    A very fine musician, but a charmer he is not and has never been.

  • Sandy Holland says:

    Not much of a conversationalist then! But who cares? His Scarlatti is sublime.

  • M2N2K says:

    The last question is: “Can you name one or two scores that you would take to a desert island?”. His answer: “To a desert island I would rather take some fishing equipment and maybe a rifle too. Scores would not be very useful there.”. A barrel of laughs.

  • JJTownley says:

    Speaks small with words and talks volumes with music notes.