What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Date 06/09/2016

Lola Astanova

Of Lola Astanova, the Palm Beach Daily News writes, “the stunningly beautiful pianist is an artist of the highest caliber.” Palm Beach is also the site of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound. Does he own the newspaper? In any case, it’s hard to imagine him listening to Chopin unless she’s playing.

Ksenija Sidorova

Another contestant for Miss Universe (Piano Edition) is Ksenija Sidorova, here seen advertising her “seductively fresh arrangements.” Actually, that phrase might work a little better for a florist.

Daniil Trifonov

We don’t mean to imply, however, that only women pianists compete fiercely with each other outside the musical realm. Here, Daniil Trifonov prepares to punch Nelson Frere in the face.

Daniil Trifonov II

Here, he looses control over a kickflip. (This is what it’s supposed to look like.)

Music India

And so while the Western classical music industry tries to make its artists sexy, it’s good to know that other classical musics are playing the same game, also with mixed results. This photo was tagged #classicalmusic, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Martha Agerich

“Do you recognize this young lady, who will celebrate her 75th birthday later this week?” asks Deutsche Grammophon. We weren’t sure, and were getting a little embarrassed reading through all the people who did know. Then user zemonsta80 asked, “Madonna?” and we felt better.


75 is old, but is it “old”? We got the point of these meme, but struggled to unpack all the possible interpretations of those ironic quotation marks.

Pianos I

Thanks, Amazon same-day delivery! “I get chills whenever I see [a] piano,” wrote user ani.toby.

Pianos II

Imagine if Jan Lisiecki got chills every time he saw a piano. That could make it pretty hard for him to choose just one.

Royal Academies

Wait, was the Royal Academy of Music really fun after all, and we just didn’t notice? No, never mind—this event took place at the Royal Academy of Arts. That explains it. ¶