Fill Us In: Lang Lang

Welcome to Fill Us In, our rapid fire fill-in-the-blank questionnaire inspired by the famous Proust questionnaire where we take a peek inside the minds of Carolina Performing Arts’ artists.  

In  this  edition, we’re talking with renowned pianist Lang Lang, whose performance of the Goldberg Variations was planned to be the culmination of our season. 

CPA: What is the best way to start your day?
Lang Lang: A hot shower 

CPA: What is the worst way to start your day?
LL: A cold shower 

CPA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
LL: Be patient 

CPA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever given someone else?
LL: Be patient  

CPA: What smell can transport you back to your childhood?
LL: Popcorn 

CPA: What would the title of your memoir be?
LL: Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story 

CPA: What is your favorite meal?
LL: Homemade dumplings 

CPA: What is your idea of a perfect day?
LL: A nice walk in the park, a wonderful concert and dinner with family and friends afterwards  

CPA: What one thing is necessary for you to make art?
LL: A piano 

CPA: If you weren’t an artist, what would your profession be?
LL: Football player 

CPA: What does the perfect “room of one’s own” look like to you?
LL: One with a Steinway piano inside  

CPA: If you could transform into an animal, what animal would it be?
LL: A dragon 

CPA: What advice do you have for artists just starting out?
LL: Look for a good mentor 

CPA: What do you splurge on?
LL: Good albums  

CPA: What person do you most admire?
LL: At the moment: Glen Gould 

CPA: Ocean, pool, or bathtub?
LL: Ocean 

CPA: Who is your role model, dead or living?
LL: Leonard Bernstein 

CPA: What do you want your tombstone to say?
LL: Music was my life 

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