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Chinese virtuoso Lang Lang lays flowers at new Chopin statue at London’s Royal Festival Hall


Lang-Lang-Southbank-22052011Chinese pianist Lang Lang laid flowers at the newly-unveiled statue of Fryderyk Chopin, on Sunday 22nd May, outside London’s Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre to pay his respects to the Polish composer he describes as the “perfect balance between romantic and classic”.

The statue, a gift of the Polish people to the British nation for its help in fighting Nazi tyranny and originally erected on this site in 1975, was restored by the Polish Heritage Society and unveiled on 18th May 2011 by HRH the Duke of Gloucester in the presence of The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Ms Barbara Tuge-Erecińska.

Lang-Lang-autograph-Southbank-22052011Lang Lang's autographThe Chinese virtuoso has been appearing all week at a series of concerts and events at the Southbank Centre entitled “Lang Lang Inspires”, which culminates in a concert featuring an orchestra of massed pianos.

“Chopin is one of the greatest composers; he brings much beautiful music to the world. His music is very universal, so that even people who don’t usually like classical music like Chopin,” Lang Lang said.

“I play his music a lot as I’m always trying to reach young audiences and Chopin is the perfect composer for that. And Chopin represents the perfect balance between romantic and classic. But frankly speaking, I find Chopin very difficult to talk about because he is all about feelings, about instinct.”

Lang-Lang-PHS-Southbank-22052011Chinese virtuoso Lang Lang poses with members of the PHS committee after laying flowers at the statue of Fryderyk Chopin outside the Royal Festival Hall

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