CATcerto: Concert Written for Nora, the Piano Playing Cat

You may have heard about Nora, the piano playing cat.  She is a YouTube phenomenon with eight videos, which includes CATcerto.

A tabby who tickled the world when she tickled the ivories, Nora’s performance in CATcerto is surreal!  Lithuanian composer, Mindaugas Piecaitis wrote the score just for Nora.

Nora — named after the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington – lives as the alpha cat along with four feline siblings.  She was adopted from a New Jersey shelter by Betsey Alexander, a music teacher, and her artist husband, Burnell Yow.

She was awarded ASPCA’s Cat of the Year in 2009 for her amazing abilities.  It was Alexander who first noticed Nora’s natural abilities and encouraged her to practice, spawning her own web site and YouTube fame.

A DVD has been produced of all eight of her videos including CATcerto. 

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Photo of Nora practicing at the piano used with permission of her humans, Betsey Alexander and Burnell Yow, a.k.a. Her Majesty's Personal Assistants!


Julia Mathon
Julia Mathon2 years ago

Incredible and very beautiful - brings tears to my eyes. Nora has a lookalike who belongs to me and whose brother recently deceased absolutely loved hearing me play the piano and synthesiser and being sung to. Although Kit (Nora's lookalike) is extremely shy, I was once palying and singing to a group of friends when both cats emerged from their hiding place and lay in front of the door listening.

antonella c.
Antonella C.5 years ago

my sister's cat loves Brahms very much but she isn't able to play it

Jane R.
Jane R.5 years ago

Amazing video! Thanks. Such a special cat.

Petra Luna
Petra Luna5 years ago

Sweet! Thanks!

Chloe Moll
Past Member 5 years ago

lol. gorgeous.

Ioana Boca
Ioana B.5 years ago

Oh,i saw Nora on you tube a long tome ago,she is just lovely,a special wonderful kitty!

Theresa D.
Theresa D.5 years ago


Nancy V.

NOW i'll go to bed with a smile on my face :)

Nancy V.

":I LOVE IT"........cats rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Ann Dailey
Mary Ann Dailey5 years ago

I love this video! I've watched it many times and I've sent it to family and friends.