The Catalyst Piano Version On Youtube

August 4, 2010

Nice!  Played by ear by AlvinZhouPwns (there’s no sheet music out for this yet).



  1. janemari3 on October 30, 2010 at 7:11 am

    This guy is INCREDIBLE! I hate him! 😛 I’m practicing LP songs on piano too (not very good at it YET) this video frustrates me… LOL!!!
    Is this guy the reincarnation of Beethoven? He sure has great taste in music! 😀

  2. kuro382 on September 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    i’m trying to practice linkin park songs too ^o^

  3. lpminutesmidnight on August 24, 2010 at 7:11 am


  4. AldA on August 21, 2010 at 8:48 am


  5. frannylp on August 14, 2010 at 1:25 am

    this guys is a genious!!! 😀

  6. ultimateshadow1936 on August 12, 2010 at 4:29 am

    its realy nice just 1 missed note at 0:58 an a missed tempo but the rest is realy good 😀

  7. clandestine17 on August 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I really like this beautiful piano version but… Mike, I’m sorry for my opinion – I don’t understand your new style! By the way, how do you define it? The Catalyst does not sound like rock to me. I didn’t expect you to change so radically! You always tried to be unpredictable, but I think there’s too much of experimenting… Do the rest of the songs from the new album actually sound like this one? I just hope I can recognize good old Linkin Park in some of them… Will I?

  8. madshell on August 7, 2010 at 4:12 am

    wow thats amazing! i wish i could play the piano! unfortunately my parents think that doing music is a waste of time and money 😦 cant wait to have my own salary!

    anyway, its beautiful.

  9. liasey on August 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    It’s amazing – so soft and melodic!

  10. troublev on August 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Wowhohoo, that was amazing! That is talent!

  11. atom7310 on August 6, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Nice. Mike, is good! I live in Minsk. It is the capital of Belarus. I would like you to give concert there. Write me if you have time: or home address: Республика Беларусь, город Минск, проспект Рокоссовского, дом 12, корпус 1, квартира 426, Митрофаненко Марии. Please, Mike. If you do that, then it will be my dream. Your Fan Masha.

  12. jozzie8 on August 6, 2010 at 2:15 am


  13. EpicLinkinPark on August 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    This was so awesome! It’s amazing how people can have the ability to play by ear. So Epic! Thanks for sharing this Mike, hope all is well with you and the rest of LP. Keep up the awesome work guys! Can’t wait for A Thousand Suns :]
    Best Wishes,

  14. lilith7ill7he3nd on August 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    The piano version is eeeven better… hey… mike.. what appened.. I’m just sad….

  15. kaory318 on August 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    hi mike this catalyst is great what I’m looking forward please do not delay the new album and also I hope are the best!! aaaaaaaa Vanir when they think has to Colombia? Please take me into account when they come to greet the master Shest

  16. thegluelpfan on August 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    That video makes me regret giving up piano lessons. If only my teacher wasn’t so mean.Anyways amazing piano cover!

  17. lipa84 on August 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Wow..this person is great. Listen to a song and then play it on the piano. WOW!

  18. lplovei on August 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Too great!

  19. daedsoft on August 5, 2010 at 11:13 am

    AWESOME !!!!!!!!

  20. gnaa93 on August 5, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Damn!! That’s REALLY awesome! Nice!! 🙂

  21. caselimor on August 5, 2010 at 10:03 am

    nice! 😀

  22. zahralp on August 5, 2010 at 7:34 am

    ur kiding right !!? by EAR?!


  23. jadesloth on August 5, 2010 at 7:10 am

    so beautiful. thanks for posting.

  24. Alexandra Nofi on August 5, 2010 at 5:39 am

    So I am going to guess this means you are totally cool with remixes and covers after this point? I started lyrics during the contest but I work very slowly sometimes and that’s all I got done. Which is fine because two weeks is not enough time if you are a tedious freak like me. Wait, actually Mike, you kind of are like me in that regard…

    I’m about to head off to a job interview (yayz) so I’ll listen to this later and report back my happy thoughts.

  25. dicarloproductions on August 5, 2010 at 4:20 am


  26. theyactuallymakemylifebetter on August 5, 2010 at 3:44 am

    I love this version…. I mean, I love both, and he’s very good, the music is new and he can play it on the piano so fast…
    BTW, what do guys think about ‘The Catahlyst’ just with the guitar (like the begin of ‘The little things give you away’?) I would like to hear that. Congrats to AlvinZhouPwns.

  27. fenix2exe on August 5, 2010 at 3:06 am

    He’s really good!!! Wish i could play an instrument and do like the “flute version” lol…

  28. naruchiiii on August 5, 2010 at 2:43 am

    This awesome!!! He is very talented!!

  29. whatsername65 on August 5, 2010 at 2:32 am

    This person certainly has a good ear for music and plays that piano sooooo well!!

  30. lode1989 on August 5, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Woow, he’s talented!!

  31. orionwong on August 5, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Hes a very awesome pianist. Kick ass.
    BTW Mike, you gotta help me. I was about to purchase for the pre-order album at, I added a $24.99 item on my cart. Then it shows the total amount is $54.94. Theres a strange item added call S&H $29.95 on it. What is that? And then i went to iTune but it says the pre-order product received may differ and may have change without notice. Just bcoz of these my dad wouldn’t let me buy it. Thats mean.=(

  32. arselini on August 5, 2010 at 1:31 am

    wow this is great ^^’ wish i could play piano like that, anyway, many ppl are already wondering what The Catalyst will sound like played live, my friend made a simulation, check this out 😀 : in my opinion it sounds amazing, there’s no funny small talks that you always do before and after songs, but still it sounds pretty realistic 😀

  33. Julian on August 5, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I wish to see you do the official version of this beautiful song!

  34. fatimalp on August 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    cool. really beautiful! thanks for sharing!

  35. Aditya_the_warrior_within on August 4, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    you care so much about us fans 🙂
    thats why we love and respect you

  36. slowlearner32 on August 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    It reminds me of the movie in 2002 called ‘The Pianist’.

  37. pioneer0 on August 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    It’s really amazing 🙂
    Thank you for playing so awesome 🙂

  38. cristianozerg on August 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Very good. LP 4rever.

  39. Michael Gonzalez on August 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Again, I jizzed in my pants.

  40. projektcharlotte on August 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Wanna know videos like these are made? Because you write such inspirational and amazing music. Thank you, Linkin Park.

  41. kathyxx on August 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Even though tinny speakers, this sounds really beautiful. Piano is really a beautiful instrument.

    I’m just learning, I hope to be able to play like that. It looks so intense.

  42. thepixelpod on August 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    good version 😛

  43. abbykulyde on August 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    saw this earlier when MoH twitted about it.. talented! 😀

  44. jdennis88 on August 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    That’s awesome! Wish I could play by ear like that. I need the sheets =P

  45. lpmaria on August 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    mmm!its good!nice!=)))))

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