Wine, women and song: What it's like to be piano superstar Lang Lang
Lang Lang may play classical music, but he's definitely a rock star.
Sporting anti-gravity anime hair and Versace suits, Lang Lang (pronounced long-long) sure is the man. And he likes to party. But Lang Lang only drinks Coke, he says. Well, maybe red wine sometimes.
And the 27-year-old Chinese pianist has the skills. Inspired by a Tom and Jerry cartoon, Lang Lang has been playing since the age of 3. Since then, he's crossed into the international landscape, performing with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and many orchestras all over the U.S.; he reached a whole new audience when he performed at the Beijing Olympics. This afternoon, he plays Beethoven with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.