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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.