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Lang Lang: how to be a superstar pianist / The Irish Times interview

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Lang Lang is one of those pianists who regularly gets showered with accolades about his technical mastery. So when I meet up with him in Birmingham, after a concert that opens with the conferral of an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University, I begin by asking him about what goes on behind the scenes to maintain that mastery.

Does he need to be at the piano every day? "I work really hard every day. Two hours. I kind of enjoy doing it. It's very inspiring to practise, once it's not too long. Eight hours is probably not inspiring. I did that, of course, when I was a kid. Now I really enjoy the two hours. Open my heart, open my passion. And also it calms me down. Sometimes you really need to clear your mind in order to play the slow pieces, and to be quiet."

For all those young players who fantasise about the day they will be able to forgo scales and exercises, the news is bad. Lang Lang is still at them. READ THE FULL Irish Times INTERVIEW