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Q&A | 15 Questions For Lang Lang

By Ludwig Van on October 7, 2016

Lang Lang (Photo: Harald Hoffmann)
Lang Lang (Photo: Harald Hoffmann)

Every so often MT poses 60 questions to a local or visiting artist in Toronto who has made our classical music community that much more interesting. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers. A kind of Rorschach personality test, if you will.

Describing Lang Lang in a short paragraph is an impossible task. His breadth as an artist has long since been decided by his millions of loyal fans as a true superstar of the keyboard. What makes him stand out is just how far he has gone to overcome the technical hurdles of the standard piano repertoire.

For those lucky enough to get tickets, Lang Lang will be making a rare appearance in Toronto on October 18 at Koerner Hall for the RCM Season Gala. You can also check out his new CD, New York Rhapsody available at and iTunes.

The different career path that you could have gone on?


The thing that makes you the happiest?

Being able to share the joy I get from music.

What are you the most proud of?

The work of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation that enables children to get in touch with music and explore their talent.

What is the best thing about your work?

I get the chance to meet and work with so many incredibly gifted and inspiring people from all kinds of backgrounds, like Herbie Hancock or Pharrell Williams, and they can truly enrichen one’s perspective.

The talent that you wish you possessed?

I wish I could fly!

What are you listening to as you answer these questions?

The humming sound of airplane engines…

If you had a motto, what would it be?

Share the music!

Your least favourite word?


The best way to die?

Can there be any?

Your least favourite smells?

Burnt pizza.

Your role models?

Vladimir Horowitz and Leonard Bernstein

Your favourite smells?

Fresh herbal tea and homemade food

Where was the last place you travelled to for work or pleasure?

I travelled to the Vatican to play for the pope

If you could board a plane this afternoon, where would it be taking you?

To Hainan in China — straight to their beautiful beaches

Name your favourite concert hall/venue anywhere.

Musikverein in Vienna, the Golden Hall. Its sound is magnificent

To read more from our Q&A Series, click HERE.


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