Proof: Coldplay really, really loves classical music

Proof: Coldplay really, really loves classical music


norman lebrecht

June 13, 2017

We know that Chris Martin has been seen nuzzling up to Gustavo Dudamel and Khatia Buniatishvili in the past couple of years. But we assumed that’s because he can’t resist a celebrity (or whatever).

Now we have evidence that he’s in it just for the music.

On Sunday, Chris Martin came to the Musikverein to hear the German violinist Arabella Steinbacher play Prokofiev’s second concerto.


If you look really closely, you’ll see he autographed his ticket for her.

That’s class.

UPDATE: It just got better.

Last night Chris Martin went to see Swan Lake at the Vienna Opera. Loved it so much he went backstage to pose with dancers  Masayu Kimoto and Maria Yakovleva.

Photo: Wiener Staatsballett / Ashley Taylor


  • MacroV says:

    No surprise. A lot of people (esp. on this blog) get all snooty about classical music being good, other music being less worthy, and probably don’t think of people like Chris Martin as musicians at all. But they are, and they generally know how to appreciate good music (and musicians) outside their genre. And after all, a lot of classical musicians are also big fans of other musical genres.

  • Julia says:

    And he has really good taste when he attends Prokofiev’s 2nd concerto with Arabella Steinbacher …

  • Andy says:

    Makes sense. If you were a classical instrumentalist practicing , rehearsing and playing for hours every day, in your down time you might want to listen to something else!

    The last concert I went to was Yulianna Avdeeva playing the Schumann Piano Concerto with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The next one I’m going to is Guns n Roses in London on Friday.

    I’m sure I read somewhere Stephen Hough saying he didn’t practice properly when he was younger because he was too busy listening to Led Zeppelin. Life can be very rich and varied, we should embrace that.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    People’s tastes are wide and various, and why should they not be?

  • Eric says:

    There’s really nothing wrong with musicians enjoying music.

  • Robin Mitchell-Boyask says:

    He’s not your normal pop star; he read Classics, at UCL I think

  • Nik says:

    Wait. He came to see her perform, and then he autographed the ticket for her? Something’s not quite the right way round.

  • PhilOrchFan says:

    Arabella Steinbacher…well maybe Chris Martin has good taste in both music and women.

  • Gus Dude that smells says:

    fix your pictures

  • Charlie says:

    “A lot of people (esp. on this blog) get all snooty about classical music being good, other music being less worthy”
    Only around 1.5% of the population seriously ever listen to “classical music”. (Slightly more in more musically-civilized countries such as Germany). Presumably all these people you’re referring to come from this tiny group. In fact, we music lovers frequently get told how closed minded we are not to listen to pop music, often by people eager to show how terribly with-it they are. Meanwhile, 98.5% of the population will go through life with no serious exposure whatsoever to the western classical tradition and this is somehow fine.
    I think I know what the greater problem is.