Pianist Krystian Zimerman reportedly left a performance last week because someone was filming him on their smartphone. Long-time Life’s a Pitch readers (hi Mom) may remember that I was there the day Patti LuPone stopped a performance of Gypsy just after she began “Rose’s Turn” because someone was taking pictures. The audience applauded; I was appalled.
Zimerman had every right to stop a solo recital. I would argue that LuPone did not have the right to stop a musical, because she was playing a character and had several off-stage opportunities to ask someone to have the photographer removed from the theater.
Zimerman may, however, have overstated the point here:
On returning, he told the audience that he had lost many recording projects and contracts because music managers had told him: “We’re sorry, that has already been on YouTube.” “The destruction of music because of YouTube is enormous,” he added
There are a lot of pianists on YouTube, it’s true: playing a diverse repertoire, often filmed without their permission: