Interview: Lang Lang

Saturday, November 29, 2008

If you're a Lang Lang fan and you happened to miss it - there's an interview with the famous pianist who begins a weeklong residency at the San Francisco Symphony next week in the San Jose Mercury News:

Q You've said that Chinese classical music students play extremely well but don't understand the music, while American classical music students understand the music but don't play so well. Why is that?

A Because American students and European students — they know the culture of this music. They're born with it. It's the tradition. The Chinese students don't have the tradition, but they work harder. They have a better facility with their hands. I'm just generalizing, of course.

Q But generally, Chinese students work harder?
Telling it like it is?

Read it in full here.