|Lang Lang’s 14-year-old protege, Maxim Lando, will sit beside him at the piano and serve as his left hand as they play a rare two-piano version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with another star, jazz pianist Chick Corea. — Photo straitstimes.com|Viet Nam News
NEW YORK — Pianist Lang Lang, nursing an injured arm, has found an innovative solution to avoid missing Carnegie Hall’s annual gala Wednesday — a young protege will literally lend a hand.
The Chinese-born pianist, one of the world’s most recognisable classical musicians, is opening the prestigious New York concert hall’s season by playing George Gershwin’s classic Rhapsody in Blue.
But Lang Lang, who will be joined on a second piano by 76-year-old jazz great Chick Corea, is recovering from an inflammation in his left arm that forced him to cancel several months of concerts.
The solution — Maxim Lando, a 14-year-old US pianist who studied in a music scholarship backed by Lang Lang, will join him and play the left hand.
"With the artistry of the legendary Chick Corea and the exciting young talent Maxim Lando, we hope to delight the audience and take a little pressure off my left arm while it continues to heal," Lang Lang said in a statement.
The unusual three-person, four-hand arrangement will accompany the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the French Canadian conductor who in 2020 will become the music director of the Metropolitan Opera.
Rhapsody in Blue, which premiered in 1924, is one of the most popular 20th-century US compositions and infuses jazz into Western classical music.
Gershwin — who composed for concert halls, theatres and early movies — wrote Rhapsody in Blue in versions both for one and two pianos.— AFP