Meet the Andrea Bocelli variant

Meet the Andrea Bocelli variant


norman lebrecht

July 17, 2021

Imagine you want success in classical music.

Take a famous name and vary it slightly.

Andrea Botticelli, a Toronto pianist, is releasing a debut album, “Stimme aus der Ferne – A Voice from the Distance”.

She’s got a head start.



  • A well known violinist says:

    Call me Jasha Heififetz from now on. Or Maxim Vengergerov. Sure to improve my career…

  • Nick says:

    Actually, the name ‘Botticelli’ provides for a much more important association!!!

  • christopher storey says:

    No variation at all . Botticelli @ very famous indeed . Bocelli : Who?

  • Does Bocelli have his name trademarked?

    I recall during the VHS tape days B-studios would contrive titles slightly different from an expected big hit so they would be shelved next to it at the video store. Then, when the big hit was all rented out, people would pick the next thing on the shelf rather than go home with nothing to watch.

    But there are no more stores and no more shelves today.

    She will have to depend on the Amazon search engine deciding that someone looking for “Bocelli” may have just misspelled “Botticelli”.

  • Luciano Tanto says:

    Dear Norman… Botticelli (Sandro), is a star of Rinascimento, more important than Boccelli.
    (And “Andrea”, in Italy, are a male name).

  • Petros Linardos says:

    No variation: famous last name of a glorious artist, as in Sandro Botticelli.

  • jansumi says:

    They are world apart..

  • Seriously says:

    You’re actually implying that she changed her name to sound like Andrea Bocelli? She’s a pianist, and that’s her name. You’re a bad person.

  • Somehow, I don’t think it makes much difference.

  • Guillaume Tardif says:

    I am not sure who wrote this, but this is incorrect and inconsiderate. Ms. Andrea Botticelli (please note the spelling, and it is her name, no variant) is an artist in her own right and her CD is admirable. Please remove this post.

  • Paul Tortellini says:

    I suppose it is worth considering whether the variant name is genuine.

  • RW2013 says:

    Norma Ligendza?

  • V Lind says:

    Seems to me like saying Lebrecht is a variant on Brecht — success as a writer through association with a successful playwright.

    It’s her name. Why should she be mocked for it? She seems very accomplished.

  • M McAlpine says:

    Sorry but I feel this post is most disrespectful as it implies this lady is somehow trying to cash in on Bocelli’s fame, which obviously she isn’t:

    ‘An innovative and versatile artist, Andrea Botticelli has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad in England, France, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Her performances have been praised as “brilliant and dynamic”, with “poetic nuances” and “virtuosity” (Corriere Canadese). She performs on the modern piano as well as historical keyboards.
    Dr. Botticelli is dedicated to re-interpreting the Classical repertoire in creative ways by using historical instruments and historically informed methods. Recognized for launching a “Fortepiano Renaissance” (Whole Note), she has recently presented concerts on the historical fortepiano across Southern Ontario, introducing performance on the instrument and historically informed methods to new audiences. Recent performance projects have included appearances at York Region Chamber Music, the Scaramella series, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the University of Western Ontario.
    An active teacher, Dr. Botticelli is a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School, the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy, and the Royal Conservatory School. Her students have achieved outstanding recent success, most notably the 2016 and 2015 Canadian Music Competition Grand Prizes (7-10 year old category), CMC national championships in 2014-2016, as well as making Carnegie Hall, Koerner Hall, and Classical 96.3 FM debuts. Dr. Botticelli is also a frequent adjudicator and a member of the RCM College of Examiners. Some of her earliest students have been accepted into professional music programs at McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, and Wilfrid Laurier University.
    Dr. Botticelli is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School and the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy. During her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, she was awarded full-tuition fellowships from the Faculty of Music, as well as travel grants from the School of Graduate Studies. She was also an exchange student at McGill University, studying fortepiano and performance practice. Her research interests include the psychology of performance, piano pedagogy, and performance practice. She has presented her research at the University of Toronto, McGill University, Brock University, Ryerson University, and the University of Calgary.’

    I think an apology is called for, Norman!

  • Ben says:

    Jokes aside, I hope you will now take the time to listen to and review her beautiful album. It is worth more attention than a little quip.