Lang Lang
Lang Lang: Playing with Flying Keys
Lang Lang
Andrew Pang, Michael French, Lang Lang
Lang Lang started learning to play the piano when he was three years old in Shenyang, China. Today he is one of the world€™s most outstanding pianists. In this engrossing life story, adapted by Michael French, Lang Lang not only recounts the difficult, often thrilling, events of his early days, but also shares his perspective on his rapidly changing homeland. He thoughtfully explores the differences between East and West, especially in the realm of classical music and cultural life. Shining through his rags-to-riches story of a child prodigy who came of age as a renowned musician, Lang Lang€™s positive spirit, his dynamic personality, and his enduring passion for music will inspire listeners of all ages.

Book Details


  • Biography
  • Educational
  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Lang Lang's story is one of struggle, sacrifice, conflict, and determination. He was born in Shenyang, China in 1982. He began playing the piano at the age of three, and by the time he was five, he had already won his first competition. His father was determined to get him into the best music school in the country - the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Out of thousands of students who applied, only eight could get in. Lang Lang's family could only afford the school if he finished in the top three (who were given a scholarship).

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