The Canadian prime minister talks about the piano icon in a short BBC radio interview with James Rhodes. ‘He embraced disruption in classical music,’ says Trudeau.
‘He is someone who, at a time when Canadians didn’t really feel they had a cultural imprint on the world, he was it. He transcended the Canadian modesty… we tend to need to have validation from outside our borders. He was so recognised as a giant in terms of music that he was someone Canadians are especially proud of.’