Alfred Brendel KBE (born 5 January 1931) is an Austrian pianist, poet, and author. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all time.
- "If I belong to a tradition, it is a tradition that makes the masterpiece tell the performer what to do, and not the performer telling the piece what it should be like, or the composer what he ought to have composed."
- "With Fischer, one was in more immediate contact with the music: there was no curtain before the soul when he communicated with the audience. One other musician, Furtwangler, conveyed to the same degree this sensation of music not being played, but rather happening by itself."