It is quite a common experience to find many people in love with the classical arts and get so engrossed in it that they end up being left behind by a wave of modern artists who have elevated those very same classical arts to brand new, modern, and more breathtaking heights. Take the piano for example; how many of us have heard of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johan Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky to name a few? Many, I would guess. In the same breadth, how many of us have heard of modern artists like Yanni or even Lang Lang? Not many, I fear.
While many in the world continue to live in the abundance and class that is symbolic of the 19th century, some took it upon themselves to grow those old compositions creating a new brand of art that is distinctly 21st century. To that class belong modern artists like Lang Lang. He was born in China in 1982 and took to learning the piano at the age of three shortly after watching an episode of Tom and Jerry in which Tom played the role of a virtuoso pianist performing to classic Franz Liszt song.
It wasn’t long after when Lang Lang really showed an aptitude for the piano. He started his career in Beijing but his fame there slowly won him approval in many other parts of the world. Shortly after, he began performing in major events worldwide taking cities by storm and bringing classical music back to the forefront of the world’s consciousness. Since then, he has performed in such prestigious events as a Stockholm concert that was attended by the Royal Family and Nobel Laureates, in a White House state dinner, in the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony and at the Carnegie Hall among other venues. Because of his skills, it is possible today to enjoy the grace and beauty of old composers on a live stage, performed by an individual whose talents on the piano equal that of the masters. Truly, modern artists like Lang Lang have brought new soul to classical music as a world-renowned art form and genre.
The fact that many of the best works of art, literature and music have come from a century or two ago should behoove us to focus on finding and developing modern artists that will carry the legacy of these art forms into the future. More than that, there is also a great importance in being able to develop new content that will be consumed by the many that will look back at our generation years from now. The mastery of the classical arts should inspire us to add our very own contribution to the pool of ever growing historical artifacts and artists like Lang Lang are at the forefront of this wondrous revolution.
We relish the opportunity to open our doors to the artistry of modern artists, ever aspiring to see the rise of the next Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Back, or Mozart. And when that happens, we seriously implore all to throw their support behind such talents and marvels for modern artists of power, grace and mastery of their chosen skills do not come every generation.