Thursday, 29 September 2011

SEPARATED AT BIRTH? Positively the Last Classical Musicians and their Lookalikes

Due to popular demand (mainly from myself), I'm back with positively the last group of lookalikes in the classical music world...

Rowan Villazon meets Rolando Atkinson, the perfect voice and face for opera buffo.

Thanks to Singaporean piano teacher Koh Jia Hwei (Mrs Lim Yan), we have the young Dmitri Shostakovich and the young Israeli pianist Shai Wosner vying for the next J.K.Rowling instalment, Harry Potter and the DSCH Star of David.

Conductors and politicians: British band maestro Timothy Reynish and the late British conductor Sir Edward Downes with Singaporean presidential candidate Tan Jee Say. Besides freeing $60 billion for the economy, could his next election platform be to legalise euthanasia?

The German conductor Volker Hartung, out-going conductor of the NAFA Orchestra, is a spitting image of Werner Klemperer, son of legendary conductor Otto, and better known as Kolonel Klink in Hogan's Heroes.

Rowlf, the piano-playing dog in The Muppet Show, was probably modelled after the great pianist Vladimir de Pachmann, who thought that milking cows helped piano technique.

Russian pianist Anatol Ugorsky can certainly play Messiaen, but could he run an office like Dilbert's pointy-head boss?

The man who brought the Force to Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and National Arts Council Benson Phua and probably his favourite Star Wars character, the wise sage Yoda.

Still on the movers and shakers of Singaporean classical music: Singapore National Youth Orchestra chairman Dr Kee Kirk Chin and Singapore Symphony Orchestra director Prof. Lim Seh Chun.

Blonde ambition: Ukraine's Valentina Lisitsa and Kseniia Vokhmianina can certainly bring on piano fireworks, but can Cameron Diaz tickle the ivories?

They could be sisters, Singapore's most talented young musicians: violinist Selina Tang and indie rockstar Inch Chua.

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