If you are a mere mortal, male and, despite the fact that you are a virtuoso, I am sorry to tell you that you don’t stand a chance. It seems like the Classical Music stage belongs to the fairer sex. Over recent years there have been a number of stunningly good looking and talented classical musicians that are impossible to ignore. First on the list is the deaf (yes, I said deaf) percussionist Evelyn Glennie who has virtually invented the possibility of a career as a classical solo percussionist. This lady often performs barefoot on stage so that she can “hear” the orchestra. How is that possible? Then there is the brilliant Brazilian Guitarist Badi Assad who has successfully overshadowed her famous classical guitar duo brothers. The classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, who despite her good looks is probably the premier classical guitarist of her generation. Her unbelievable technical command of the instrument and her brilliant interpretations of the repertoire (new and old) sets her apart from her contemporary colleagues. New on the list of stunning performers is the trumpet player Alison Balsom. When I first stumbled on a review of the CD SOUND THE TRUMPET (Warner Classics #40329) featuring this lady with Trevor Pinnock it prompted me to do a search on You Tube for a performance of the music. On viewing the video I got a serious case of goosebumps and, of course, I have since ordered the CD. So here is the latest classical star and a YouTube video of the music.
I thought it would be illegal to look that good and sound so great.