Ludwig Van’s Q&A series is composed of a bank of questions aimed at artists who have made a serious mark on the music scene. 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.
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 enrich 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?
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