Truly, horribly awkward: pianist can’t get past a certain bar during competition, so just quits

Prepare to cringe your own face off as this unfortunate competitor is forced to leave the stage after several attempts at a Chopin Étude.

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Not only does his performance stall at the first hurdle, but because it’s a competition there’s an impatient judge on hand too. And what’s the best way to show your contempt? Tap your glass until the pianist leaves the stage, obviously.

This video comes from way back in 1986, at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition: