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Keys to Lang Lang's Past

The world-renowned pianist talks with NewsChina about education, culture and his passion for music

By Xie Yi Updated Apr.17

Lang Lang, one of the most celebrated pianists performing today, is ready to wow the world again with Piano Book, his latest solo release with Universal Music Group and Deutsche Grammophon.   

Its thoughtfully selected collection of pieces reflects the musical journey of the 36-year-old keyboardist, from a boy of Northeast China’s Shenyang, Liaoning Province to performing on stages all over the world.   

The album not only contains the classical favorites that inspired Lang Lang to become a musician, such as Beethoven’s Für Elise and Debussy’s Clair de Lune, but also pieces that highlight his cultural identity, like Chinese folk tunes Jasmine Flower and Huang: The Merry Shepherd Boy.   

Lang Lang sat down with NewsChina to discuss how he interprets Chinese folk music for the piano, the importance of cultural identity and music education to the younger generation, and his lasting enthusiasm for music.