Yundi Li plays simultaneous piano and tablet

Yundi Li plays simultaneous piano and tablet


norman lebrecht

May 10, 2021

Youth culture?

Or euthenasia.

Wtf’s the point? Someone please explain.

Yundi is a past winner of the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw.


  • Ya what says:

    What a limited knowledge of harmony he’s got. There is much more to this Beethoven extract than just tonic and dominant root positions.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    The point is, whatever it takes to attract the attention of social media. Evidently, a deeply felt, mature interpretation of a Beethoven adagio doesn’t do the trick.

  • What is it good for?

    That suggests pretty good ensemble skills.

    He can follow something/someone else exactly if he chooses and they won’t have to wait for him.

  • Peter says:

    “What’s the point ?”
    Musically there is none.
    It is just another entertaining way of showing off, like playing with arms crossed, facing backwards, standing on your head, eating a sandwich etc.
    Its fun, sort of.
    Lots do this sort of thing. Usually when their ability to impress in other areas is waning.

  • sam says:

    First of all, “youth culture or euthanasia” is about the worst pun I’ve seen in a long time.

    Second of all, relax dude, instruments evolve with technology, otherwise we’d all still be playing the harpsichord or the bloody dulcimer (apologies to all dulcimerists out there)

    With new technology comes new music: If Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff could only have composed for the dulcimer, the history of music would have been radically altered. (Not even sure there would have been a Chopin or a Liszt, but there certainly would have been a “Chopin” and “Liszt” of the dulcimer that sent the ladies into delirium)

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Look up “euthenics” in the dictionary, sam. I do not believe that Norman meant “euthanasia”. (If he did, that’s pretty sad.)

    • Marfisa says:

      I read ‘euthenasia’ as a horrible pun, Youth in Asia. But surely not.

  • CYM says:

    Why even wear a suit for this trash !?

  • Anon says:

    Chill out. People are allowed to have fun and be silly.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Of course. But when celebrities publicize their silliness, there is usually an agenda behind it.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    I heard Yundi Li perform the Liszt Sonata at Herbst Theatre in SF some years back, and he was fabulous.
    Go Yundi!

  • Dan says:

    Oh, I forgot to turn up the sound.

  • Eusebius says:

    You gotta have a gimmick in show biz. Especially in the TikTok age.

    • Anonymous Bosch says:

      With all due respect to Ali G., I think the joke started with the unforgettable Gilda Radner as her recurring character Emily Litella: “What all this I hear about youth in Asia? What? Oh … never mind”.