Composer’s cat plays Empurror Concerto

Composer’s cat plays Empurror Concerto


norman lebrecht

January 07, 2020

This is Conrad Tao at work.



  • Jim says:

    “We are not amewsed,” said Queen Vic-clawia

  • Caranome says:

    Rostropovich was asked if he had any regrets defecting to the US. “The only regret is I had to leave our beloved poodle behind. But we have replaced her now with another poodle, who has a special talent.” “What’s that?” “She plays modern music.”

  • Naomi Pearson says:

    Yes. It is impossible, and that is why, on this clip, he is playing with no care, no intent or, worst sin of all, no phrasing. Phrasing is, unsurprisingly, as integral to a phrase, as the notes contained within it. To play (I cannot bring myself to call this nonsense practice) without phrasing is a total waste of time and, instead of honing an interpretation, does actual damage to whatever end result he might be aiming for. I guess though, that if his concert’s already sold out he doesn’t have to bother that much.

  • charles says:

    Mr Tao is a genius. He should be commended for promoting late 20th and 21st century composers. I wish him well.

  • Depussy says:

    It is well known that cats respond wonderfully to classical music. Just heaven!

  • Ben G. says:

    At around 0:39, his cat looks at us as if to say “Hmm…what a show off”…..

  • CYM says:

    Was Conrad trying to play the Empurrer concerto ?

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    If the cat somehow gets on stage and climbs upon the piano, that could be a ‘cat-astrophe’!

  • Robert Holmén says:

    That cat is clearly not recognizing the performer’s cues to turn the page.

  • Ludwig's Van says:

    That’s enough, Conrad. If you are truly the genius that you want the public to believe you are, then quit your cheesy, manipulative tactics and give your talent a chance to speak for itself. As for this pointless video, your wise cat is clearly (and appropriately) unconvinced.

  • Bruce says: