Music is a universal language, says Lang Lang as he does Canto-pop for handover anniversary

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, 12:00am


Concert pianist Lang Lang was in Hong Kong last week for a series of events to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the handover.

He performed with a string of Canto-pop singers including Hacken Lee Hak-kan and Leo Ku Kui-kei on Monday night at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Before the evening show, he attended the premiere of The Flying Machine - a 3D live action-animation film in which he plays opposite Heather Graham - which was produced by the Oscar-winning BreakThru Films.

Talking about his 15 days on the film set, Lang Lang said: 'I thought being a pianist was hard enough, but the experience really made me realise how hard it was to make a film. As a pianist, you perform a concert and you know what you get from the audience instantly, but working on a film, you don't even know how it's going to pan out until months or even years later. I think I'll just stick with my piano.'

The pianist did admit, however, that he's been working with Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi, on a biopic based on his 2008 book Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story.

'I'd say [it's scheduled to come out] in two years, but hopefully before I turn 40 years old,' said Lang Lang, who celebrated his 30th birthday last month.

When asked about his close ties with pop culture, Lang Lang quipped: 'We are living in the 21st century. When you have a great pop star also trained in classical music, this is the perfect combination to reach to new audiences. Classical music needs new audiences. It won't survive by feeding just the elite. But still, great music is for everyone. Styles might vary but music itself is a universal language.'