Here are five fabulous pianists who play in the world's most prestigious concert halls and have tens of thousands of devoted fans. They also play in the parallel universe of Twitter, where thousands more follow their every move online.

If you don't already follow these pianists on Twitter, you're missing out on an entertaining facet of their careers. Here's why:

Stephen Hough
Handle: @houghhough
Twitter bio: A concert pianist by night, his daytime interests include theology, art, hats, puddings... and writing about them.
Location: Here and there.
What he’s known for: Poetic, gentlemanly tweets about hats, local cuisine, the world around him and of course, music.

 




Lang Lang
Handle: @lang_lang
Twitter bio: Pianist. Enrich lives through music.
Location: New York.
What he’s known for: Photos from his glamorous life of rubbing shoulders with stars.

 


 

Valentina Lisitsa
Handle: @ValLisitsa
Twitter bio: Da quin of Rachmaninov :)
Location: Most likely at some airport.
What she’s known for: Jet setting, strong opinions on current affairs and technology, and (over?)sharing details of her busy life as a concert pianist.

 

 


 

James Rhodes
Handle: @JRhodesPianist
Twitter bio: Concert pianist. Occasionally putting the mental into instrumentalist.
Location: London.
What he's known for: Self-deprecating humour, biting sarcasm, clever plays on words.




Yuja Wang

Handle: @YujaWang
Twitter bio: Rolex artist.
Location: New York City's Upper West Side.
What she's known for: Updates on her favourite food, and tweeting bizarre, funny and inspirational quotes.

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a pianist whose Twitter feed makes your day? Let us know in the comments below.

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posted by Robert Rowat on Nov 16, 2012