Lang Lang says he chose Derek, Charlie and Anna because he was moved by their music. "When they played, I saw beautiful, inspirational feelings,'" he says. "They really open your heart and your eyes. When you have that, you've got to be a pianist. You've got to be a musician."
Derek, Charlie and Anna all say they are thrilled to have been chosen as Lang Lang's scholars. "It's not only that he's a great pianist, but he also uses playing piano to help society and the world, and he's one of my idols," Derek says. "I want to play like him."
Charlie says there is one thing he doesn't love about his piano gift. "I don't like practicing," he says. Lang Lang says that's perfectly normal. "Unfortunately, we need to sacrifice by practicing hard," he says. "But sometimes we also gain good feelings from music as well."