Television puts blind prodigy in sight of Lang Lang

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 February, 2010, 12:00am

Renowned mainland pianist Lang Lang is used to being admired around the world, so little did he know two years ago when he first met child prodigy Lai Jiajun (pictured) that he would be treated like 'a television set'.

The young pianist, who was only 12 then, was selected - out of dozens of rivals - to play with Lang at a newly opened theatre and concert hall in Beijing. Lai has been blind since he was two months old.

When Lang asked how they should play, the child just said: 'You play and I will follow.' It turned out to be a perfect duet, and Lang was so impressed that he handpicked him as a representative for his charity work for Unicef and his own foundation to help disadvantaged children with musical talent on the mainland.

How did Lai do it? Apparently, his parents discovered his amazing musical ability while he was listening to music from TV when he was three. That year, he was given a toy piano, and he started playing tunes after hearing them just once from TV.

As far as he was concerned, his duet with Lang was just like playing with a TV!

Lai and fellow blind child prodigy Dou Wenhui will perform at the Elements mall in Kowloon West next week.