"There are maybe 9, 10 million young pianists in China now," says international piano phenom Lang Lang. There, young classical artists like himself are treated like rock stars.
"It is different from the U.S.," he explains. "Everyone goes to [classical] concerts and CD signings. They have to have police to hold back the crowds, and to have this life is the dream of many young Chinese people."
Here is the story. From those in the know, I have heard horror stories of badly tuned and badly maintained pianos rotting in humid climates. Still, I cannot help but feel that the future of contemporary classical music composition lies in Asia. Where else are so many young people passionate about the genre?