Kobe Bryant was a bit of a Renaissance man. Aside from his top-tier basketball credentials, which include being a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, and the 2008 NBA MVP—among a long list of other career highlights—Bryant was known for many accomplishments outside of his work in the Association.
Throughout his career, he appeared on television shows like All That and Ridiculousness, produced an Oscar-winning short film titled Dear Basketball, and took on a variety of philanthropic efforts. He started several businesses and even made time to record a hip-hop album, Visions, though Sony Entertainment never released it.
Music was a large part of his life. So large, in fact, that in 2016 Kobe Bryant took the time to learn an arrangement of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s “Moonlight Sonata” to show to his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant.
In a recording of the performance, winners of a 2014 Telly Award, The Loring String Quartet, back Bryant for the emotional arrangement. In the video description, the uploader notes that they “had a very narrow window of time to shoot this promotional piece with Kobe. He arrived in the conference room at the Graves 601 Hotel in MN at 6:45pm and 20 minutes later he was gone.” The video was re-uploaded recently to pay tribute to the basketball legend who unfortunately passed away, along with his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, in a helicopter crash in California this week.
Below, watch the Brandon Nicholas-directed video, in its entirety.
Kobe Bryant ft. The Loring String Quartet – “Moonlight Sonata”
Kobe’s fondness of music, and specifically classical music, shouldn’t come as a surprise. Fans might remember this Nike commercial from 2008 that pictures Bryant dressed as Mozart while he dunks a basketball.
Kobe Bryant – Nike Zoom Kobe III Commerical