Piano prodigy Lang Lang grows up

After a year off recovering from an arm injury, the classical pianist is navigating his journey from wunderkind to mature artist

Lang Lang taking a selfie with school administrators at the opening of Lang Lang International Music Foundation's new piano lab at First Avenue Elementary School in Newark in April.
Lang Lang taking a selfie with school administrators at the opening of Lang Lang International Music Foundation's new piano lab at First Avenue Elementary School in Newark in April.PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK • It was late one afternoon in spring this year and Madison Square Garden's 19,000 seats were empty as Billy Joel and Lang Lang began jamming on stage.

Pop's piano man had invited the superstar classical pianist to make a guest appearance at his sold-out April show and they were rehearsing a duet of Joel's Root Beer Rag.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2019, with the headline 'Piano prodigy Lang Lang grows up'. Subscribe