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CNBC Meets

CNBC Meets: Lang Lang, part one

CNBC Meets: Lang Lang, part one
CNBC Meets interviews one of the world's most successful classical musicians, Lang Lang, who became the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics.

CNBC Meets interviews one of the world's most successful classical musicians, Lang Lang, who became the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics.

Lang was born in 1982 in Shenyang, China, and explains how his parents were both aspiring musicians but were held back by the Cultural Revolution. Lang first became interested in the piano through the cartoon, Tom and Jerry, and at age eight he moved to Beijing to study.

Lang discusses the sacrifices made by his parents to further his dream, as well as the problems and teachers he faced in his meteoric rise to becoming an musical idol for millions of Chinese children.

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Lang Lang: My hands are insured for a pretty good number
Chinese pianist Lang Lang tells Tania Bryer that his hands are insured for a "pretty good number," and that he makes sure he massages his hands himself and that he doesn't ever cut any vegetables.
Chinese students are harder workers: Lang Lang
There is a clear difference between the U.S. and China when it comes to education, according to Lang Lang one the world's most famous pianists - the amount of free time.
Lang Lang: Age is not an issue in music
Once a child-prodigy himself, Chinese pianist Lang Lang says it doesn't matter how old or young a musician is in order to make a difference in the music world, arguing that even young pianists in their teens are educating others just as much as he now is.
How Tom and Jerry inspired a piano master
The first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Lang Lang, learned to love classical music from a Tom and Jerry cartoon.
Lang Lang: We need to see ourselves as global citizens
Lang Lang explains how he is focused on promoting education via his role as United Nations Messenger of Peace, musical education via his foundation, and the need to focus on the environment, telling Tania Bryer that everybody should be a citizen of the world.
China is obsessed with winning awards: Lang Lang
Chinese pianist Lang Lang told CNBC that the Chinese place great importance on winning competitions - a fact that proved detrimental to the beginning of his career.
The school for little Lang Langs
Pianist Lang Lang talks about his music school, Lang Lang Music World, for gifted pianists in Shenzhen, China, and how deeply touched he was recently when he saw some of its young students play at a summer concert.

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    Wednesday 16th October 23:00 CET

    Saturday 19th October 22:30 CET

    Sunday 20th October 22:30 CET

    Friday 25th October 23:30 CET

    Saturday 26th October 22:30 CET

    Sunday 27th October 22:30 CET

  • Tania Bryer is a guest presenter and executive producer of CNBC Meets. In this series, she profiles some of the world’s most successful business people to find out what makes them tick. Bryer previously worked for BBC and Sky Television.