I ran across an excellent article in the Chicago Classical Review about world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. In it, author David Fleshler discusses a variety of things that occupy the artist’s time, such as how Lang Lang goes about selecting a Steinway piano for the performance from among the 3 or 4 usually at a venue. It is an intense process for him: beautiful tones are not enough. He also evaluates the candidate pianos for tonal color in order to select the instrument with the largest personality.
Fleshler also makes note of Lang Lang’s philanthropic work, especially the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which sponsors worldwide efforts to encourage children in their piano studies. He also is an ambassador for UNICEF and works with the World Wildlife Fund. On top of all that, he releases new recordings on a regular basis and maintains a rigorous performance schedule.
Hard to imagine what Lang Lang could possibly do for an encore!