Extract from ClassicFM
We talk to the superstar virtuoso about young students, music education, what needs to happen, and what he’s doing about it.
Pianist Lang Lang has mounted a passionate defence of music education in schools, in an exclusive interview with Classic FM.
We spoke to the Chinese pianist and educator just days after England’s universities regulator approved government cuts which will halve the per-student funding subsidy for music and arts subjects. This is part of a drive away from funding arts and music, towards the ‘Stem’ subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as medicine and healthcare.
We asked Lang Lang about why music deserves to be considered equally alongside science and mathematics in schools and higher education. The answer was “very simple”, he said.