31 March 2016
Plus he hosts a day at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 17th April, to inspire kids to play
Lang Lang launches piano method for young players
A globe-trotting piano superstar he may be, but Lang Lang is also interested in sharing his passion for the piano with a younger generation of players through education and inspiration. The energetic Chinese-born concert pianist has just released, through Faber Music, the latest instalment of his piano method, which is aimed at ages 5-10. He’s also hosting a day at the Royal Albert Hall in London to inspire youngsters to play.
The Lang Lang Piano Method, part of Faber Music’s Lang Lang Piano Academy, takes the very youngest keyboard players from total novice to around Grade 1 level in a series of five books. The learning process is enlivened by the cartoon figure of Lang Lang guiding the player around the keyboard and through the earliest stages of musicianship. Alongside the series are online audio tracks, featuring performances by Lang Lang of the pieces in the book. Lang Lang said, ‘Learning an instrument can be a really important part of a child’s development and a great way to improve many things like concentration and focus.’
If Lang Lang can hold an adult audience in the palm of his hand, can he also mesmerise an enormous concert hall full of excitable young children (and some adults)? On 17 April at the Royal Albert Hall in London, children 16 and under can find out. This event is being presented via the Lang Lang Foundation, which previously presented the ‘101 Pianists Project’ at Southbank Centre, which brought 100 young pianists together to perform.