Lang Lang Unveils Keys of Inspiration at the Roberto Clemente Public School 13

By Sara Mirza

Music is essential in a person’s life. It’s important to have a creative flow for any daily tasks especially when it comes to education. To have a creative mind alongside with the analytical tasks is challenging however it can be ease to the brain by classical music.

As Lang Lang cut the ribbon for the entrance of the piano room, 21 eager children were already in place of where to go to have an applauding performance for Lang Lang. Dr. June Xiao, the music teacher at P.S.13, had been prepping the children with the piece “Mr. Moon” in which Lang Lang himself added pieces. There was warmth and peace in the room as the children played pieces and participated in a short discussion with the pianist himself.

Afterwards, we were in the auditorium where Lang Lang was discussing about his foundation, The Lang Lang International Music Foundation. P.S. 13 was selected for the Keys of Inspiration program, and given a fully equipped Piano Lab, music curriculum, and piano teacher. His foundations allow students all over the world to learn by the pianist himself. At the age of three, his mother introduced him to the art of music, and began to enroll in competitions at the age of five. Lang Lang says his motivation at a young age was watching the show Tom and Jerry. A clip then appeared of which children were roaring with laughter.

Two of his former students were also guests at the event who both played pieces. 13-year-old Maxim practices on an average of 4-8 hours on a daily basis and 16-year-old Clayton practices for 5-6 hours. Both young men showed true dedication on there passion for music. Maxim played a piece from one of the most famous opera “The Carmen.” Afterwards, Clayton played “Tom and Jerry” – they both played mesmerizing works. At the end Lang Lang himself played a new piece he picked up in Cuba called “Dance.” The melody was energetic and refreshing and the audience was tapping their feet! The tune of the piano was just breathtaking!

Today, at age 33 he has been known as “Tiger Woods of classical music.” He has appeared on numerous magazines and shows including Sesame Street and 60 Minutes. “Just love what you are doing and try to play more.”

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