Birthday boy Lang Lang is replaced by a drummermain
The Chinese pianist, still suffering from an arm injury, has cancelled upcoming concerts in London and Munich.
The LSO has flown in Leeds winner Denis Kozhukhin in a like-for-like substitution in Bartók’s second Piano Concerto.
Bavarian Radio, more daring by half, has called in the showman percussionist Martin Grubinger for an evening of bang-bang.
Lang Lang is 35 today.