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.
Talking to "CNBC Meets'" Tania Bryer, the 31-year-old pianist explained how he was watching an episode called "The Cat Concerto" when he was just two-and-a-half years old, and was absorbed by the piece that both Tom and Jerry played on the piano.
"They play the (Franz) Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody Number II and unfortunately I didn't know who Liszt was at that time, but I certainly knew that Tom did a great job, and Jerry kind of cheated," Lang said.
In the cartoon, Tom plays the Liszt piece while Jerry attempts a number of different ways to disrupt the performance, notably using a pair of scissors and a mousetrap. At one point, as Tom tries to shoo Jerry away, he ends up playing part of the number with his feet.