Friday, 23 September 2011

SEPARATED AT BIRTH? More Musicians and their Lookalikes

Now I am really scraping the bottom of the barrel. Here is my last group of classical musicians and their looklikes. Till the next time...

The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould grew weirder and weirder over the years, till he became a caricature of himself, not unlike The Count of Sesame Street. How many Partitas did Bach compose? Now let me count: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six... SIX Partitas! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha........(accompanied by thunder and lightning).

My apologies for associating one of the world's great pianists with psychopaths and terrorists, but when you grow facial hair like Radu Lupu, you might get stopped by airport security to make sure you aren't Rasputin or Osama ben Laden.

Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky has a twin who played in midfield for Arsenal and Barcelona, the Belarussian Aleksandr Hleb.

The late great Singaporean criminal lawyer J.B.Jeyaratnam and former Workers Party chief has sideburns to rival the Belgian-French composer-organist Cesar Franck.

Another music and football connection: Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang has the same eyebrows as Spanish striker Jose Antonio Reyes.

Not strictly classical music here. Hong Kong comedian Lydia Sum, Dame Edna Everidge (aka Barry Humphries) and Zara Nutley (Miss Courtney from TV's Mind Your Language) do have certain likenesses.

If you're young, pretty and can really play the piano, there's no reason why you shouldn't win the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The Koreans Joyce Yang and Yeol Eum Son did it in 2005 and 2009. Maybe Singapore's Lee Pei Ming should give it a try!

Chinese-American pianist Grace Fong might like to audition for the next filming of Charlie's Angels, and she could even displace Lucy Liu.

Positively the last of the Musical Hobbits (unless you can think of some more): Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Romanian pianist Radu Lupu, French pianist Jean-Marc Luisada and Latvian cellist Mischa Maisky.

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