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Monday's Connector of the Day – Lang Lang

November 12th, 2009
11:21 PM ET

Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world.

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The Chinese child prodigy started playing piano at the age of three, won his first competition aged five, and today aged 27, he is on Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children through outreach programs. Following his performance at the opening of Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games, he became a symbol of the youth and future of China. This status has inspired over 35 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon popularly referred to as "the Lang Lang effect."

Lang Lang is not, however, everyone's cup of tea. There are those who find his flashy image and demonstrative performing styles at odds with the world of classical music. But Lang Lang is not concerned about that. His mission is to spread a love of music and popularize classical works.

On Monday, Lang Lang is appearing on Connect the World to answer your questions, but also to talk about his experience being filmed for CNN by the “Revealed” series. On this half-hour show Lang Lang travels from the U.S. to China and Switzerland, mixing classical music with jazz, and enthusing music lovers everywhere.

Send your questions for Lang Lang  – IN MANDARIN OR ENGLISH – and we’ll put the best of them to him on Monday’s show.

For “Lang Lang Revealed” air times, go to the Revealed Web site.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Stefan

    Would you ever record a song with the new German music band "Tokio Hotel"?

    November 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  2. Flora Ho

    Here is my question for Lang Lang:

    Considering your concerts and masterclasses, which do you think is a more efficient way to introduce and educate the public about classical music?

    November 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  3. Anyasi Raymond

    What are the things that can inspire a 3 year old's interest in a particular field of life? And since people's interests and choices change with time, why didn't your's change?

    November 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  4. Andreas Carl

    Dear Lang-Lang – your concerts are a great show and always entertaining, but many critics suggest that you are too much of an entertainer, too much showing off your technical skill and not reaching the depth of the music. Are you going to use your stay as "Pianist in Residence" with the Berlin Philharmonic to become a "more serious" pianist?

    November 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  5. chiyi

    If Pianist Rubinstein saw Lang Lang's photo (above), he would turn over his grave.

    November 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  6. YoYoYo

    Please see below my 8 questions for Lang Lang. Thank you and good luck 🙂

    1) How do you see the future of classical music, and what is your personal musical direction?
    2) How do you deal with the pressure of being a celebrity
    3) What do you think of your contempraries, particularly the young Chinese pianists who are gaining international recognition in the past few years?
    4) How do you sustain the "Lang Lang Effect"?
    5) What is your weakness?
    6) Which musician do you aspire to?
    7) Have you regretted anything that you missed out in your childhood?
    8) What advice would you give to those who want to be like you?

    November 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  7. Patricia Greene

    When you have work sessions with musical icons like Daniel Barenboim, how do you approach it? Do you feel humble? Like
    a colleague? Awed? Excited?

    November 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  8. blog producer

    test test

    November 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  9. albert lester

    dear lang lang,
    my question for you is: what is your favorite classical song?

    November 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  10. Joe Pernice

    I love the fact that you are so interested in other musical formats (jazz in particular); do you have any desire to pursue jazz piano? I think that you would be terrific!
    Thanks,
    Joe Pernice

    November 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  11. AA

    Q) If you have a day off, what do you do? what do you want to do?

    November 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  12. ldc604

    Any work in progress in the future of collaborating with Schiller or mainstream artists?

    November 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  13. james

    do you mind if people refer to you as 'Lang X 2' ?

    November 17, 2009 at 12:19 am | Reply
  14. cristian

    He`s really good, after 2008 he become more popular,and do it play piano majority pleasant .
    He send when play to the audience funny and quality and at same time to get obtain dinamic play and attention

    November 17, 2009 at 1:43 am | Reply
  15. Hyung-Ju Suh

    Here is my question:

    When you had an opprtunity to play in concert of world-wide famous singer, Andrea Bocelli, how did you feel?

    November 17, 2009 at 2:18 am | Reply
  16. Toby Simpson

    andrea bocelli is really a gifted man and he has the best sounding voice ever `

    August 11, 2010 at 6:07 am | Reply
  17. Towel Rails 

    Andrea is really very talented because he had such beautiful voice~~:

    October 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  18. Wet Saw ·

    Andrea Bocelli is of course the master, he is really gifted to have that very beautiful voice ,

    November 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Reply

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