Lang Lang explains faith in new technology while in Spain

08:27, October 20, 2010      

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Chinese piano player Lang Lang has been in Spain to present his new work to the Spanish public.

The 28-year-old, who is probably the most famous piano player in the world, performed at the Music School and the Reina Sofia museum and also gave a masterclass to Spanish students.

His new disc, "Live in Vienna" can even be enjoyed in 3D and although Lang Lang admits that he spent most of his childhood practising and honing his skills. He told newspaper El Mundo that he doesn't consider he wasted his time.

"It's true that I didn't have as much free time as the rest of the children, but the truth is that the only period that I remember as being very difficult is when my parents took me to Beijing to learn for 15 months when I was just nine years old," he said.

Lang Lang is considered by Time Magazine to be one of the 100 most influential people on the planet, something that could in part be due to the fact that he is willing to embrace new ideas to reach a wide audience.

"I don't feel responsible for that, but I am proud of being able to touch so many people," he said, before discussing the use of new technology on his new work.

"I believe in change, when they are well thought through they tend to be for the better. Classical music has always known how to take advantage of technology. I was never able to see Karajan or Bernstein play live, but I was able to see them on television at home and learn from them."

"We live in the world of images, today the Met, Covent Garden or La Scala (Opera House) project their production in High Definition and live. These are new ways of democratising classical music. It is not a question of devaluing concerts, but of reaching more people with the same level of seriousness as always."

"I cannot object to the fact that a youngster can now travel virtually from their home to the Royal Albert Hall. If I complained that would be elitist," he said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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