June 24, 2012. Today is the birthday of a dear friend of Classical Connect, Lev Solomonovich Ruzer: he turns 90! A physicist by profession who successfully transitioned from running a research lab in the Soviet Union to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he’s also an amateur pianist. He started piano lessons in his teens,continued playing while at Moscow University, and he still plays piano every day! We suspect that music is what supports his amazing vitality and joie de vivre. On this wonderful day we join his family in wishing him great health, lots of love and more music to enjoy.
We could probably record a Classical Connect rendition of Happy Birthday, but we suspect Lev Solomonovich would not be impressed. Here, instead, is the Venezuelan-American pianist Gabriela Montero playing her own improvisation on the traditional tune. She does a much better job with it.
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