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Another ‘classical Justin Bieber’? Gimme a break…

Last year, it was the pianist Valentina Lisitsa, compared to the Canadian teen sensation by a BBC reporter for her online success. She got stuck with tag in dozens of subsequent lazy articles.

Now, Die Welt has pinned the label, for no obvious reason, on the South African harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout.

If I were Kristian, I’d sue. He’ll need extra security to fend off the fainting adolescents.


Kristian Bezuidenhout 2010<br /><br />
Photo: Marco Borggreve      justin-bieber-2013-background-hd-11

Which is which? I’ll get back to you on that…


Kristian’s website photo is (c) Marco Borchgreve

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  1. headline-hunting during summer… it’s the heat…

  2. Rgiarola says:

    At least Bezuidenhout pic isn’t full of Photoshop changes such the second one. I can remember some fussy around Pogorelich in the 80′s, but it wasn’t like it.

  3. Michael Smith says:

    Justin Bieber isn’t the obvious name that comes to mind when looking at some of Bezuidenhout’s earlier pictures:

  4. PK Miller says:

    I don’t know the pianist but I would bet he has more talent in his pinky’s fingernail than Bieber has in his entire body. People have too much time on their hands!

  5. Don’t forget the Canadian Classical comparison – Jan Lisiecki

    Here –

    here –

    here –

    and a June 2012 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra review in the Vancouver Sun (Page no longer found).

    Just a note – we like Jan much better, and not just because he is an alumni.

  6. If he sues it hope it isn’t with a mean tone. (Old termperament joke, that.)


  7. This is a great example of how inept some people are at getting their finger on the pulse of anything. It is so tone deaf, so beyond ludicrous to compare anybody, let alone some random harpsichord player, to Justin Bieber at this point. Especially given that even popular culture moved him into the “joke” category a while ago (despite the fact that 13 year old girls still buy his music for now). Only someone so far removed from popular culture that they really shouldn’t be writing anything anymore are could possibly see a relatively young and handsome musician and leap to a comparison to Justin Bieber. Maybe we can call the next pretty young female opera singer “classical music’s new Lindsay Lohan.”

  8. Kris is (or is soon to turn) 34 – way too old to be Justin Bieber. And Kris seems to be far better behaved. Cuter, too.

    He is also an absolutely marvelous musician, especially on fortepiano.

    (For what it’s worth, he was born in South Africa but grew up in Australia and I believe he considers himself Australian.)

  9. Can anyone explain to me — what is it about the boy with so little talent (Justin Bieber)? Why is he being so heavily pushed? Who is behind the mass hysteria over… nothing at all?…

    • No offense but this comment sounds like a middle-aged person in the early 60s saying “what is it about these shaggy haired British boys and their so-called rock music?” It’s called, the older generation never understands/always hates the music the younger generation is into.

  10. “… that even popular culture moved him into the “joke” category”

    Well, before that, he was in the category of “lesbian”, so at least the new designation is less offensive to the LGBT community.

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