My favorite pianist. The great genius Lang Lang. The freshness of his recitals and interpretations mixed with the huge passion transmitted in every note make him be the one that enriches my life through music the most.
His way of playing, being a bit clowny (he even waits for the piano solo looking at his nails in this video), moving the hands out of the ratio and stuff, but at the same time, being the pianist whose interpretations are the clearest of all, with every single notesounding perfectly compassed, perfectly timed, perfectly strong, perfectly pedaled, with such a great speed and control of the score, makes him be the best pianist in the world for me right now.
I love many, there are many awesome pianists, but Lang Lang is special. He is able to make you feel that the song itself was composed with the purpose of being played by him. He loves it, he plays it, and he makes you love it. Genius.
Lang Lang will be at 92Y on Oct 14 for a revealing conversation about his career, his philanthropy foundation and his belief in the future of classical music, illustrated by one or two brief musical selections. Joining him as moderator will be Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman of the Board of Sony Corporation.