The Austin 100: Lambert Pianist and composer Lambert performs evocative, cinematic instrumentals wearing a mask. He's also released dance remixes of his works and collaborated with bands, singers and electronic musicians.
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The Austin 100: Lambert

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Lambert.

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Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Genre: Classical

Why We're Excited: Neoclassical pianist and composer Lambert insists on performing his evocative, cinematic instrumentals while shrouding his face in a Sardinian mask — a move he says gives him freedom to avoid self-consciousness and tap into greater creativity. It also looks awesome, and speaks to Lambert's willingness to subvert expectations: He's released dance remixes of his works and collaborated with bands, singers and electronic musicians, while always returning to a solo career steeped in stately beauty.

Listen to Lambert's "Vienna"

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