Lang Lang Best Quotes About Music & Work Hard

Lang Lang (Chinese: 郎朗; pinyin: Láng Lǎng; born 14 June 1982) is a Chinese concert pianist who has performed with leading orchestras in China, the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Active since the 1990s, he was the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and some top American orchestras. A Chicago Tribune music critic called him “the biggest, most exciting young keyboard talent I have encountered in many a year of attending piano recitals”. Lang is considered by many as one of the most accomplished classical musicians of modern time. (wikipedia)


Here’s a collection of the most inspiring Lang Lang quotes:

Lang Lang Quotes About Music & Work Hard

1. “I think the music itself was the driving force.” – Lang Lang

2. “There is no ranking between masters.” – Lang Lang

3. “There is a strong interest in China for classical music, but also for music in general.” – Lang Lang

4. “We also recently partnered with Big Ear Games, a music learning app that encourages students to create and socialize through music.” – Lang Lang

5. “I have played the Goldbergs for various great musicians and mentors throughout my life — to Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, to Maestros Daniel Barenboim, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. They gave me tremendously valuable input and perspective.” – Lang Lang

6. “Be number one in this, number one in that, number one pianist, number one scientist. I don’t say it’s a waste of time to compare yourself with others.” – Lang Lang

7. “The duet “Sheep may safely graze,” which I recorded with my wife Gina Alice, connects me with an unforgettable memory — our wedding day. We played it in Versailles for the first time in front of family and friends.” – Lang Lang

8. “The Goldberg Variations were already in my fingers when I was a teenager. It is one of the most important and complex works ever written for the keyboard, and I felt that I needed more time to develop it and also learn about the right stylistic approach for Baroque music.” – Lang Lang

9. “When I came to America my teacher Gary Graffman told me to forget about these stupid rankings and just focus on working hard on the music.” – Lang Lang

11. “It was fortunate and unfortunate.” – Lang Lang

12. “We have now turned this initiative into a virtual weekly series, Play it forward on Instagram — with a new performance going live every Friday.” – Lang Lang

13. “If you know how to fly but you never knew how to walk, wouldn’t that be sad?” – Lang Lang

14. “From the very beginning, I always tried to do more.” – Lang Lang

15. “To be a pianist you really need to train very hard. Unfortunately, this is not something we can avoid; but fortunately, I had someone who pushed me a bit, not every day but sometimes, when I didn’t want to practice.” – Lang Lang

16. “I learned the early Beethoven Sonatas, which was really difficult in the beginning because it’s not only a totally different technique, but it calls for a different kind of knowledge.” – Lang Lang

17. “Each of the pieces I recorded has been carefully selected and has a special meaning for me.” – Lang Lang

18. “At some point, I felt I could make this piece my own and deliver my very own vision of this work. After taking the decision to record it, I spent many weeks together with the brilliant harpsichordist and keyboardist Andreas Staier, who worked with me on important things such as ornamentation and period practice style to prepare myself for the recording.” – Lang Lang

19. “I wanted to become a professional pianist. I was convinced that the way the music moves me could make up for all those disadvantages.” – Lang Lang

21. “If you look at Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin, do you think about rankings? When I see pictures by one of the greatest painters, I think his style is probably the only way. And as soon as I see another great artist, I say again that this is the only way. Every great artist is a whole world in himself.” – Lang Lang

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22. “As an admirer of Wilhelm Kempff, I have known his sublime transcription of the Siciliano from Bach’s Second Flute Sonata since my early childhood and have always wanted to play it. I don’t know if I will play these in concert — possibly. Let’s see!” – Lang Lang

23. “J.S. Bach has been in my life since my early childhood. My teacher, Ms. Zhou, had me play Bach every week.” – Lang Lang

24. “From the very beginning I really loved the piano. But for a kid it’s hard when you see other children having a good time; when they play football or take holidays.” – Lang Lang

25. “You cannot work or play in permanent overdrive merely because you want to earn money through music or to become super-famous. In this case, you would probably have selected the wrong profession.” – Lang Lang

26. “It makes you really happy to see a packed crowd at a concert, an audience that’s passionate about the music you produce.” – Lang Lang

27. “In China, everyone knows famous classical pieces such as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata or Für Elise.” – Lang Lang

28. “On “Music Education Monday”, we present videos of music lessons and music education tips, games, songs and activities from our Keys of Inspiration teachers, and we are organizing a lot of virtual classes and training.” – Lang Lang

29. “This is very interesting. When you are in Asia, particularly in China, Japan, or Korea, parents pursue this ambitious kind of education. They expect you to enter competitions, and if you’re number one you’re great.” – Lang Lang

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