Friday, 27 September 2013

MORE RIDICULOUS LOOKALIKES (The Pianists and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Edition)

The Formula One season, thankfully just concluded, spells a hiatus of classical concert activity in Singapore. With time on my hands two years ago, I came up with a list of crazy classical musician lookalikes. Here's more, updated to present headline news, starting with a couple of familiar faces. 

This one is an old chestnut. Who thought that one of the world's
greatest pianist Radu Lupu could look like the world's
greatest terrorist Osama bin Laden?

When French pianist Frank Braley goes to church,
people think it's the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Benjamin Grosvenor is now the hottest pianist in UK,
just like the Hobbits (Pippin) in Middle Earth.

Italian pianist Alessandro Taverna has an eye for notes like
recent Arsenal signing Mesut Özil has an eye for the ball.

Another one for the pianist-terrorist connection:
Did anyone think that Yevgeny Sudbin (left) and
Amir Tebinikhin (right) resembled convicted
Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

In classical music, it does pay for Russian pianist-pedagogue
Mikhail Voskresensky to look like Beethoven.

Prize-winning American pianist Lindsay Garritson
looks like the young and prettier sister of MILF
Jennifer Coolidge (of American Pie and Legally Blonde

Russian pianist Vadim Sakharov (who killed Beethoven's
Emperor Concerto here years ago) and
Liam Neeson of Taken who kills terrorists.

What is it with pianists and actors?
Korean-American pianist Tong-Il Han and
Hawaiian actor Clyde Kusatsu.

Young American pianist Steven Lin 
and Singaporean conductor Joshua Tan.


Did you know why they named the Alpine
rescue-dog a St Bernard? Now you know.
Bernard Lanskey is also a great Beethoven interpreter.

After that Brahms Second Piano Concerto, one could be forgiven
for thinking that WWE's Kane (with his patented chokeslam)
stood in for piano supremo Thomas Hecht.

The pianist and terrorist connection continues.
Which are the Bali bombers and which is Albert Tiu?

Both come from Russia. Pianist Kerim Vergazov
and General Orlov (Steven Berkoff) from Octopussy.
One dominates the keyboard and the other hoped
to dominate Western Europe


Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos (centre) did look
a lot like Groucho Marx several  years ago.

Which is cellist Matthew Barley and
which is porn producer Seymore Butts?
The guy married to Viktoria Mullova is one the right.

The ever-young Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen
does look a bit like US actor Mark Harmon (NCIS

If you don't believe it, here are their younger photos.

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