Murray Perahia is out for longer

The pianist has cancelled the Barbican in late April, ‘due to ill health’.

Perhaia, who is 72, has not been heard in public for around two years.

This picture is from 2016.


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  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    This is sad – I really miss his performances.
    Does anybody know what is wrong with Mr Perahia ?

  • Herr Doktor says:

    Let’s hope this is not serious. At his best, he is a phenomenal pianist. Get well soon, Murray.

  • Dee Miner says:

    There are artists who one would gladly not hear for at least two years, sadly Murray is not one of them. Get well soon and recover well, dear sir.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      And there are thoughtful artists who have always been great interpreters and get wiser with age. Murray Perahia belongs to that elite. Get well soon.

  • Eyal Braun says:

    It is his hand injury that exacerbates and remits for 30 years now. He continues his schedule as president of the Jerusalem music academy and gives master classes from time to time.

    • Robert Levin says:

      I believe that Yinam Leef is the president of the Jerusalem Academy of Music.

    • Ruben Greenberg says:

      Eyal: and what fantastic master classes they are! The man’s artistry, culture and humanity know no limits

    • David R. Moran says:


      one assumed as much

      listening to his playing at its best, as someone put it (rare that it is not that), I must say it is impossible to imagine that there is ever anything wrong, was anything wrong in the past, or that such lay ahead

  • Robert Roy says:

    One of the finest musicians I’ve ever been lucky enough to hear.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    It surely is a hideous fate for a musician to have trouble with his or her hands or any part of the anatomy which is central to musical performance. I know lots of older people with arthritis in hands and arms and I’ve often wondered how musicians manage the inevitable scourge of this condition – which does not discriminate as to whom it affects.

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