Interview: Lang Lang


Photo: Philip Glaser

... Along with his performances, music education and philanthropy are high on Lang Lang's list of priorities. He gives masterclasses all around the world, organises ''massed piano'' events for young performers via his website and has been elected first ambassador by the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

... ''My foundation is the key for my long-term plan,'' he says. ''I'm also going to open piano schools in China, starting in September. China still needs to have more connection to the world, especially the classical music world. The teachers are good but lack this communication and that's not good for classical music.

''Music depends on education and inspiration. If you don't get inspired by this music the first time you hear it, you will never get connected.''

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