The Berlin Philharmonic pranked its soloist by playing the wrong concerto… but it didn't go to plan

21 August 2017, 12:41

Another day, another rehearsal. But on this particular day, the Berlin Philharmonic decided to mix things up a bit by pranking the soloist who was playing Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto.

All normal here, everyone’s settling down for a session of world-class music making.

Simon Rattle lifts his baton…

Berlin Philharmonic prank video


But then they start playing…

And it's Mendelssohn. You might expect the soloist, Daishin Kashimoto, to be all like "THAT'S NOT THE PROKOFIEV CONCERTO. PANIC."

Except there is literally no panic from the soloist. Look how little panic there is:

Berlin Philharmonic prank video

And that's because he knows this concerto too.

So he casually starts playing this piece instead, going with the flow like a true professional.

Watch the whole thing here:

What a legend. 

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