The Chopin Album | Lang Lang | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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The Chopin Album | Lang Lang | Talks at Google

TL;DR

Lang Lang, a renowned classical pianist, discusses his career, love for classical music, and his dedication to inspiring the next generation of musicians.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How can parents introduce classical music to young children?

Lang Lang suggests exposing children to composers like Tchaikovsky and Mozart, as their music is often appealing and engaging to kids. He also recommends attending kids' concerts and encouraging children to play an instrument at a young age.

Q: Do you continue to learn and seek advice from your past teachers?

Lang Lang mentions that he still seeks guidance from his mentors like Gary Graffman, Christoph Eschenbach, and Daniel Barenboim. They not only help him with technical aspects but also focus on understanding and interpreting the music.

Q: What are Lang Lang's plans for future recordings?

Lang Lang expresses interest in recording Bach's "Goldberg Variations" and other classical repertoire. He also mentions his plans to explore contemporary music, such as Prokofiev and Bartok, in future recordings.

Q: Can adults learn to play the piano at a later age?

Lang Lang encourages adults to pursue their passion for music and learn to play the piano at any age. He shares an example of a 50-year-old doctor who started learning piano in his forties and achieved a significant level of proficiency.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Lang Lang talks about his morning performance, his warm-up routine, and how he didn't get much time to warm up before playing.

  • He talks about his ability to memorize and play a wide range of piano concertos and how he aspires to be able to play any piece from any composer like the great pianist Rubinstein.

  • Lang Lang discusses his foundation, which aims to support and mentor young musicians, and how his goal is to create opportunities for children to learn and appreciate classical music.

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