LANG LANG: The interview

There was a bit of a fracas during Lang Lang’s Proms appearance. As he bounced back on stage for an encore, a heckler in the arena hooted derisively. An embarrassed murmur ran through the audience. There was some nervous laughter. But the pianist took it in his stride and began a Chopin Etude, seemingly unruffled.

Lang Lang certainly provokes debate – to some he’s a poet with a prodigious technique, to others he’s merely a flashy showman. He certainly seems to enjoy playing the part of the superstar soloist, with his shiny jackets, spiky hair and larger-than-life gestures. But, meeting him in the interval, it’s easy to warm to his friendly, open enthusiasm.

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