Five-time Grammy Award winner Jon Batiste to Join the “The Piano” as New Mentor

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Channel 4’s “The Piano” has announced that five-time Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste will join the show as a judge and mentor for its upcoming third series. Batiste, a global music icon, will replace classical pianist Lang Lang, who will bid farewell to the show during the upcoming Christmas special in December.

The special festive episode will see talented pianists from the second series return to the train station to perform holiday songs for commuters, with Lang Lang, who cites international touring commitments as his reason for stepping down, passing the musical torch to Batiste for the next seven-episode installment. Batiste brings a wealth of experience to “The Piano,” having collaborated with music legends such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Ed Sheeran. In addition to his five Grammy wins, Batiste also took home an Oscar for his work on Pixar’s “Soul.”

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Batiste will be joined by Mika and Claudia Winkleman as they travel to five new iconic railway stations and, for the first time, an airport, in search of gifted amateur pianists. The show, known for its heart-warming content, will once again celebrate the power of music to bring people together.

Speaking about his new role, Batiste said, “I am so happy to be a mentor on ‘The Piano’ and to witness the pianists for the new series express themselves on the instrument I’ve dedicated my life to… No matter where, I always have believed that music at its best creates community and brings folks together in divided times.”

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Lang Lang, reflecting on his time with the show, shared, “Being a mentor on ‘The Piano’ and spending time with the talented pianists has been a true joy… I am going to miss Mika and Claudia terribly, but I am delighted to pass the baton to my dear friend Jon Batiste.”

Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, Ian Katz, praised Lang Lang’s contribution to the show and expressed confidence in Batiste’s ability to fill his shoes. The show’s creator and executive producer, Richard McKerrow, welcomed Batiste’s “unmistakably original energy” and his passion for mentoring amateur pianists.

“The Piano,” with its unique blend of music and community, has captured the hearts of viewers nationwide.

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