Keyboard diplomacy: Richard Clayderman is playing Teheran

Keyboard diplomacy: Richard Clayderman is playing Teheran


norman lebrecht

May 07, 2018

The smoochy French pianist paved the way 30 years ago for western musicians to play in China.

Now he’s opening in Iran.

Details here.


  • Molly Maudlin says:

    To be accompanied by Kenny G on sax?

  • Sue says:

    I’ve just booked my ticket. I have to rush to see this one!! Hoping “Hammerklavier” is on the program!! Very exciting.:-)

  • clarrieu says:

    How many decades haven’t we heard of him here in France?

  • Jon H says:

    The local Chinese restaurant plays Ballade pour Adeline pretty much every hour.

  • Mahan Esfahani says:

    The purveyors of public musical culture in today’s Iran are almost wholly talentless, amoral charlatans; accordingly, this comes as no surprise.

  • Alistair Hinton says:

    It might have been a good idea for him to play Sorabji’s Gulistān while there; as a piece by a half-Western, half-Parsi composer based upon the work of Sa’di, I’m sure that its Persian credentials would go down as much of a storm in present-day Iran as would Donald Trump setting up a golf course in Isfahan…