Lang Lang

The Chopin Album

Lang Lang

Talk: The Chopin Album

Chopin "speaks with such a universal voice," Lang Lang says. "I genuinely believe he's a true ambassador for classical music among the great composers. He appeals to everyone." Chopin has accompanied Lang Lang throughout his career. One of the first pieces he learnt was the Grande Valse brillante in E-flat major op. 18 (included on this album), and it was Chopin's music that also carried him through a number of career-changing competitions. And it was with the Chopin √Čtudes that Lang Lang made his now-renowned Beijing Concert Hall recital at age 14 -- a performance that led to his studying with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Lang Lang

Lang Lang is an internationally-acclaimed Chinese concert pianist. He is a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and he also created the Lang Lang Foundation to encourage more kids to engage with music.

The Album

"The reason that Chopin's √Čtudes hold such a special place for pianists", says Lang Lang, "is that they provide the training for so many different elements of technique. But they're not just studies, not just normal exercises -- not just for your fingers -- they help you develop how your mind works, and how you control the different layers of your emotional response."

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