Musician Lukáš Kmit was in front of a crowd at an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Presov, Slovakia playing his viola. In the middle of his performance, a Nokia phone ringer went off and Kmit paused. Rather than berate the embarrassed audience member like the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Kmit decided to have some fun by playing the ringtone back for his audience.
Some believe it was staged because Kmit pauses before the ringer goes off and he plays the ringtone almost flawlessly. I don’t know the behind-the-scenes details, but I do think this happening spontaneously is possible. The timing may be coincidental and the Nokia ringer wouldn’t be difficult to play as it’s an excerpt from Gran Vals, a 1902 solo guitar composition from Spanish classical guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega. The ringtone was chosen by, then Executive Vice President, Anssi Vanjoki and Lauri Kivinen in 1993. The tone was the first recognizable mobile ringtone and debuted in 1994 on the Nokia 2110.