The pianist Valentina Lisitsa is contemplating her unlikely resurrection. 'You know with my career, what is happening with YouTube and all this stuff, it's amazing because in the age of child prodigies I'm totally dead! I'm not only old, I'm dead,' she exclaims in a thick Russian accent that would seem hammy if it weren't authentic.
At 39 years old? 'It's dead,' she insists. 'You have to be 16, because the music competitions are over with by 29. It's dead, dead!'