Murray Perahia suffers ‘sudden medical setback’

Murray Perahia suffers ‘sudden medical setback’


norman lebrecht

March 27, 2019

The pianist has cancelled a North America tour.

Here’s the statement from his management: ‘It is with great regret that Mr. Perahia has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming solo recitals in North America as a sudden medical setback has prevented him from performing publicly.’

Peter Serkin will step in for some dates. Kirill Gerstein will cover his date at the Gilmore in Kalamazoo. The sought-after Víkingur Ólafsson will replace him in LA.

Carnegie Hall has replaced him with, er, Nobuyuki Tsujii.

Money back?


  • Caravaggio says:

    Wishing Perahia a speedy and full recovery. Here is an artist who never once compromised his integrity, an artist with spine in times of enormous pressure to sink to the bottom of the barrel.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Wishing Perahia a speedy recovery. One of the greatest living pianists, he has a lot give. We look forward to many more years of supreme music making.

  • Steve says:

    Perahia is truly one of the greats…hoping he makes a fast recovery so that we can all return to marveling at his wonderful level of artistry and virtuosity.

  • Ronald Vogel says:

    I had planned on traveling 2,000 miles just to hear him play at Carnegie Hall on May 10th. I’m heart-broken but also deeply concerned about Murray Perhia’s health situation. Does anyone know what’s going on?

    • El de Rijk Spanhoff says:

      Last year my daughter and I traveled to Savannah, Georgia to hear him. He cancelled then, too. I’m also eager to know what’s going on. I still have never experienced him live, and still hope to do so.

    • Bonnie says:

      I also imagined traveling from Boston to Riga in August to hear Mr. Perahia perform with Zuban Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. Ronald Vogel, please send my sincere wishes to Mr. Perahia for his speedy recovery. I rehabilitated myself from three herniated disks in 2007 by doing my floor exercises every morning while listening to the sublime sounds of his recording on Sony Classical of Shubert’s Impromptus. His fingers rippling across the keyboard in D. 889#4 have unsurpassed healing force.

  • Wai Kit Leung says:

    Perahia also cancelled when I got a ticket to his performance in Boston in around 2007. His substitute that day was a young pianist (a certain Yuja Wang) making her professional debut.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Are you sure you are talking about Perahia? I am positive Yuja Wang replaced Argerich in a 2007 BSO concert. I remember it was 2007 because of a major family event.

      I also remember a wonderful Perahia recital in Boston in 2009.

      • Stephen Manes says:

        Yuja substituted in LA for Perahia with St. Martins in the Field (Marriner) probably also in 2007 and made such an amazing impression that “the rest is history” now as far as Yuja is concerned.

  • M. L. Liu says:

    First, I have great respect for Mr. Perahia and I wish him well.

    >Carnegie Hall has replaced him with, er, Nobuyuki Tsujii.
    >Money back?

    I expected some snide reaction to this announcement from some, but it is still disappointing to see it here.

    As a long-time American admirer of Nobuyuki Tsujii, I am compelled to object to this putdown, uncalled-for and uncivil. I have followed Tsujii’s career for years, and he has slowly but surely built up his reputation outside his native Japan, where he is an indisputable classical music superstar.

    At the Carnegie on May 10, on short notice,Tsujii will perform the same recital as he did in Paris (December), London (QEB Hall, Jan 30; I was there) and Germany (February), receiving acclaims. Michael Church of the U.K. Independent gave him a 5-star review

    Mr. Tsujii has a heavy schedule in upcoming months, and will be making this performance amid a schedule that already called for traveling to Moscow, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Germany and St. Petersburg.

  • Eyal Braun says:

    He has canceled most of his concerts since early 2018. I am not sure if he played even a single concert since late 2017. Hope he gets well soon. One of the greatest pianists ever.

  • Emanuele Passerini says:

    take care of yourself Maestro Perahia, the world still needs you a lot….

  • Peter R%osen says:

    I would rather hear Nobuyuki Tsujii at Carnegie than Perahia. It’s the old world stale, boring perormances vs. those in our younger generation who are bringing life back to a dying art form.

    • M. L. Liu says:

      As a fellow admirer of Nobuyuki Tsujii, I appreciate your support for him. But there is no need to be unkind. Mr. Perahia is an eminent pianist who has earned his respect, perhaps from Nobu himself.

    • Katherine B says:

      I am offended at your comment. Is it not clear that Mr. Perahia is beloved and deeply respected by many and that he is having a health problem serious enough to force him to cancel his North American tour? Please consider what you say to whom and when.

  • Jon says:

    I’m at the Tsujii concert right now, and he’s unbelievable, playing Debussy and Ravel with such delicacy – it’s like he’s a gift from God – certainly a different kind of program than one would expect from Perahia.

    That being said, Sir Perahia has always been one of my favorite pianists and I’m disappointed I still haven’t been able to see him in concert, and I wish him well. Being from NYC, he’s an idol of mine.

    I hope he recovers and gets back in performance shape!

  • Jon Y says:

    It seems Perahia recently cancelled several more appearances where he was scheduled to play Beethoven 4, including Prom 60.

    It’s hard to not feel slightly concerned…

  • Jon Y says:

    Right, I missed the newer post – my apologies! Feel free to delete my previous comment too.

  • I had planned to attend his March 2020 concert at Davies SF. Murray was my classmate at the NYC HS of Performing Arts– a year ahead..He was great pianist already in his teens. So sad that he is now set back by illness. He is one of a kind.. the supreme poet of the piano.. Get well, Murray!