Pianists of the World – Lang Lang
At just 35 years old, Lang Lang is one of the greatest names in modern piano history. He was born in China and it was an episode of the popular cartoon Tom and Jerry (which features Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2) that inspired young Lang Lang to pursue playing the piano. He then went on to study the piano with with Professor Zhu Ya-Fen at age three. Just two years later at the age of five, Lang Lang went on to win first place in his first piano competition.
Lang Lang faced setbacks
From here, Lang Lang has risen to success and has now performed with the most prestigious orchestras and conductors in the world as well as completing several world tours. Despite his unparalleled success today, Lang Lang’s career has not been without its setbacks. When he was nine yeas old he planned to audition for the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, but before he was able to audition, his piano tutor expelled him from his piano studio for a ‘lack of talent’. Lang Lang’s sadness at this event did not go unnoticed and a teacher at his state school played him a recording of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major which reminded him of his love for the instrument and re-inspired him.
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