It’s always pleasing to see a celebrity have a human side so, after taking your piano lessons in NYC, it’s nice to see some famous people who have the same skills as you. Or, at least, they know a few things about the ivory instrument. So, here at HeyKiki, where you can explore all different kinds of classes, we collected a few known names of famous people who dabble with the keys every so often. It’ll make you feel better:
1. Anthony Hopkins: When he’s not scaring us to death, the man who played Hannibal Lector likes to fancy himself as an amateur pianist and composer on his free time. And, as it seems, he knows a bunch about Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5.
2. Vladimir Putin: The on-and-off-again Prime Minister of Russia is more recognized for his international policies rather than his piano skills. But he proved to the world one night that he can master both aspects of such a hefty diplomatic responsibility (and sing too!). Check him out at this luxurious fundraiser in the middle of St. Petersburg:
3. Richard Nixon: The former President of the United States had a musical career before and after he was in the Oval Office. And he follows a tradition of executives who tickled the ivories: historians mention that FDR and Truman both played the piano. Here’s a video of Nixon’s Piano Concerto No. 1, played in 1963 to the sound of “15 Democratic violinists.” Enjoy:
4. Clint Eastwood: The actor, director and producer also happens to be a great piano player too. That was the reason why he created the PBS documentary, “Piano Blues,” a film that explored the musical intersection of jazz piano and the blues. So this video, where he is seen sitting next to the famous Ray Charles at the keys, comes as no surprise:
The piano lessons in NYC might not guarantee you stardom or fame. Nevertheless, it’s a great skill to have, regardless of who you are. And never say never.