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The Chinese pianist LANG LANG is one of the great stars of classical music, a virtuoso and a crowd pleaser. As a phenomenal musician, traveling artist and likeable self-star, he plays on the keyboard of a pop star as virtuoso as on the grand piano - and thus appears as today's version of his great role model, the piano virtuoso and salon lion FRANZ LISZT.
THE ART OF BEING A VIRTUOSO
Documentary by THOMAS GRUBE
GER, 52 & 75 min., HD, DCP, stereo
This documentary offers deep insights into the world of the piano artist and music star LANG LANG. A life in the limelight, which also has its downsides. LANG LANG opens confidently to the filmmaker, the camera always close by: in the recording studio, during a shoot with top photographer Bob Krieger, in his hotel rooms as well as behind the scenes of "La Scala" in Milan, where he plays four-handed with jazz legend HERBIE HANCOCK – or during the award of the honorary doctorate by PRINCE CHARLES.
Travel by limousine or private jet - to London, Vienna, Chicago, Munich, Beijing and Schenzhen, where Lang Lang opens his first own music school, the "Lang Lang Music World": the normal madness in the life of a pop star of classical music.
The musical leitmotif is LANG LANG's Liszt concert in London's legendary Roundhouse, the spectacular venue of the "iTunes Festival": a premiere of a special kind, as LANG LANG is the first classical musician to enter this stage. He plays works of his idol Franz Liszt: a homage to the historical role model, the first pop star of the piano, on the occasion of the 200th birthday of the composer.
LANG LANG and HIS FAMILY, CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH, HERBIE HANCOCK, HRH PRINCE CHARLES and many more.
A film by THOMAS GRUBE
Camera: NICOLAS HUDAK, Sound: ANDREAS PRESCHER, Montage: THOMAS GRUBE, Producer: ANNA HUDAK, Line Producer: CHRISTIAN STRUCK, Commissioning Editors: ANCA-MONICA PANDELEA, MARTIN SCHNEIDER, Executive Producers: UWE DIERKS, THOMAS GRUBE
A BOOMTOWN MEDIA production
in cooperation with SONY CLASSICAL and ZDF/arte.
World sales by BOOMTOWN MEDIA INTERNATIONAL
DVD and Blu-ray
CD, DVD and Blu-ray released by SONY CLASSICAL