'I live alone in an apartment in Hanover. It's a small city yet it has an incredible music school and is very popular among top music students. It's also convenient for travelling around Europe for concerts or pleasure. I wake up about 9am, have breakfast and listen to some music. I need to hear music in the morning. It refreshes me. I love listening to all the classics. I have a large compact disc library and a lot of old recordings from many legendary artists such as Joseph Hoffman, the great Russian pianist, Alfred Cortot, the French pianist and, of course, [esteemed Ukrainian-born pianist] Vladimir Horowitz. I don't really have a lot of pop music. I have a lot of friends the same age as me and they like it and I know about the artists. If I had time, I would be interested in listening to it but, at the moment, I really don't have time. I'm touring for six months and play about 60 concerts; the rest of the year, I'm studying and practising. Three or four days a week, I'll be in school studying music history, piano history, conducting, composers or chamber music. I'm doing the German equivalent of a master's course in music. I'm doing it because I'm interested in the history and that can really help me understand music more deeply. If I'm not in school, I get into my music room about 10am and study or listen to music until lunchtime. I never practise piano in the morning because I never have enough energy. Lunch at home is about 1pm and I'll have fast food - Italian or Chinese noodles. There isn't much time, so it has to be quick. I like to cook and I think I'm quite good. Musicians like to cook because it's creative, like making music. If I have time - usually at the weekends - I'll invite friends over for dinner. I'll be in charge, but they'll help me. I'll get them to buy the ingredients, chicken or pork and vegetables, and they'll help me to prepare it. My days are spent learning music and practising and I get very tired. It's like having a full-time job. I practise piano between 2pm and 6pm if I'm not going to school. Otherwise, I'll practise for just two hours. I need to make contact with piano; I need to talk to him for at least five hours every day because, in my mind, I'm creating every day. I need to ask piano many questions. I want to have answers; I need to know if something works or not. It's a very interesting relationship. Sometimes piano says 'yes' and sometimes he says 'no'; that's why I need to find out. Every day I have a lot of different ideas that I need to check. When you talk to piano, you will always understand more. I have dinner at 6.30pm. Afterwards, about 8pm, I will practise for two more hours. If I'm tired, I'll sleep. If I have more energy, I will watch some news, a music channel or a movie, although that's usually at weekends with a friend. Bed is usually about 11pm. There aren't many people living in my apartment block and they're all musicians, so it's OK to practise loudly. I go swimming because that's the best activity for me as a musician. You have to take deep breaths when you swim underwater and, unlike basketball, you're unlikely to hurt any part of your body. I really don't want to hurt my fingers or my arms. I don't know if my fingers are insured; that's not something I'm involved in. I don't think about these things too much because, as an artist, I only focus on the music. If you focus on too many things, you can't be a good musician. You need a lot of energy and discipline to focus on music and nothing else. I'm in Hong Kong performing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. When I'm in a city getting ready for a concert, I need at least three days to prepare. On the day I arrive, I go straight to sleep. I can't do any more than that. The next day, I practise, usually at the hotel, and the day after I practise at the venue and check the acoustics. That evening, I play. On the day of the concert, I'll rehearse at the venue between 10am and noon, followed by a big lunch because I won't eat again until after the concert. After lunch, I'll sleep. It's important for me and I need at least three hours' sleep. After sleeping, I go to the concert hall and check the piano. I need to get to know everything well. I'll probably practise for another two hours before the concert. After the show, I'll eat, but it depends on what city I'm in and whether the restaurants are still open. The biggest problem for many artists is switching off after a performance. You're on a natural high and there are always dinner invitations from promoters, or a small party. But you have to be professional and try to get some sleep to prepare for the next concert. If I don't switch off, it disturbs my system. On March 13, I'll make my debut with the London Symphony Orchestra. I'm excited about playing with such a wonderful orchestra. Not everyone gets to debut with the best and I feel I'm ready to do that. I started playing when I was seven and I'm 23. That's quite late for a pianist because a lot of people start when they are four or even earlier. It doesn't matter how old you are or if you like it; you've got to have the energy and you must want it. When you are doing what you love, nothing else interests you. I'm lucky to be able to do what I want and I'm lucky to have this chance, this honour and pleasure to play at a concert. Nothing else feels better than this. My mother and father are in Shenzhen and they don't travel with me unless I'm in China. I need to spend time on my own; I need to have space to grow up. I need to be alone. Musicians are always alone.'