Top pianist ruptures a tendon

Top pianist ruptures a tendon


norman lebrecht

October 03, 2021

The Tchaikovsky Competition winner Nikolai Lugansky has cancelled several concerts in order to have surgery on a ruptured tendon, something of an occupational hazard among concert pianists.

Lugansky, 49, continues his teaching practice at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

We wish him a speedy comeback.


  • David A says:

    Occupational hazard?? I’ve never heard of a pianist “rupturing” a tendon while playing the piano. Are you sure this is related to playing the piano?

    • BRUCEB says:

      It may be more likely that he ruptured it doing something else, and as a pianist it presents more of a problem than it would to other people. Also they seem to subject themselves to stranger and more dubious hand (as opposed to piano) exercises.

      • roscoe says:

        Remember poor Schumann, who wrecked his piano playing by inventing a machine to strengthen his fingers? Hands are extremely complicated, and Lugansky is a powerful player.

    • christopher storey says:

      David A : tenosynovitis is a well known occupational disease of pianists, resulting from overuse, and if the symptoms such as wrist pain are ignored , the affected tendon may seize in its sheath and snap . I wish N Lugansky well and hope he will have a speedy recovery

      • David A says:

        Yes, tenosynovitis/tendonitis is common but it rarely ever comes to that. Especially as a musician, I find it hard to believe one would not seek medical advice earlier to prevent such damage.

  • William Kapell says:

    His playing is overrated

  • Hans says:

    Lugansky is such a great artist. Wishing him a speedy recovery.