Chilly Gonzales releases the next single from Solo Piano III, ‘Pretenderness’. 

‘Pretenderness’ is dedicated to the 19th-century German female pianist and composer Fanny Mendelssohn, an inspiring woman whose body of musical work was mostly hidden in her brother’s Felix Mendelssohn’s body of work, since, at the time, she was not allowed to have a profession simply because she was a woman.

Underdogs are the greatest inspirations for all of my dedications, people who were boxed in, who, due to the time they lived in, and the unwritten and unfair social rules, kept them from reaching their full potential” says Chilly Gonzales.

A direct amalgamation of the words pretend and tenderness, the song’s title also nods to a wordplay that seems to take on more meaning as the two words mingle.

Fooling yourself into having certain feelings is something most humans can relate to, and that’s another spot where this song’s inspiration begins” he adds.

Pretenderness’ is the third song from the album that completes the Solo Piano trilogy and follows ‘Blizzard In B Flat Minor’, dedicated to Conchita Cintrón, and ‘Present Tense’, dedicated to Thomas Bangalter.

“The music of Solo Piano III is not an antidote for our times, it is a reflection of all the beauty and ugliness around us” – Chilly Gonzales

Listen to and download the first single ‘Blizzard in B Flat Minor’ here: and the second single ‘Present Tense’ here:


Fri 7 Sept LONDON  Cadogan Hall
Sat 8 Sept LEEDS  Howard Assembly Rooms
Mon 10 Sept  LONDON  Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Center)
Tue 11 Sept  MANCHESTER  Royal Northern College of Music

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