Journey of a Thousand Miles tells the remarkable story of a boy who sacrificed almost everything - family, financial security, childhood and his reputation in China's insular classical music world - to fulfil his promise as a classical pianist.
Lang Lang was born in Shenyang in north-eastern China just after the end of the Cultural Revolution.
He began piano lessons at three years old and by age ten had been awarded a place at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
In order to continue his studies he moved thousands of miles from home, living with his exacting father in a cramped, shared apartment, while his mother stayed at home to earn the money to pay his fees.
At fifteen he moved to the United States to take up a scholarship at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia; by nineteen he was selling out Carnegie Hall.
His tutor and mentor Daniel Barenboim was perhaps the first to describe him as 'extraordinarily talented'; today his assessment is shared by millions.
Now in adulthood, Lang Lang tours relentlessly, delighting sell-out audiences with his trademark flamboyance and showmanship.
Journey of a Thousand Miles is a tale of heartbreak, drama and ultimately triumph. His inspiring story demonstrates the courage and self-sacrifice required to achieve artistic greatness.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages, b/w illustrations
- Publisher: Aurum Press
- Publication Date: 02/04/2009
- Category: Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
- ISBN: 9781845134785