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Where’s Lang Lang? On reality TV – SlippediscSlippedisc


norman lebrecht

February 08, 2023

The Chinese piannist has hardly been seen in a classical performance since before Covid.

He has now joined a UK Channel 4 game show that seeks to find ‘street piano’ contestants on station forecourts.

It’s being dubbed ‘Bake-off for pianos’.

Lang Lang says: “Whether it’s a little kid or an octogenarian, I want to feel their soul and learn their story. Many pianists play very well technically but it’s mechanical.” “Amateurs bring honesty,” says Mika. “They wear their heart on their sleeve in a way professionals just aren’t able to do.”

Read on here.


pictured Lang Lang with presenter Claudia Winkleman and pop star Mika – with amateur pianists. Picture: Channel 4



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