The joyful method: Lang Lang tries to ease the hardship of practising with his own experience. — VNS Photo Việt Thanh Viet Nam News The famous pianist Lang Lang has advice for up and coming pianists. That is to practise playing the piano whether they love doing so or not. However, he says it is possible for pianists to work out their own way of practising. It is also important for young pianists to believe in themselves. Lang Lang, so you’re finally back in Hà Nội. Are you going to play any works of Vietnamese composers? I know the Vietnamese music scene. I know that pianist Đặng Thái Sơn won the Chopin Competition many years ago. I actually met his sister when I was visiting last time. So I know that you have a very good tradition of piano and classical music. And I really hope to see more Vietnamese pianists in the future and if you need any help, my foundation will help. The reason I built my foundation is because I wanted … [Read more...] about Tips from a famous pianist
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Viet Nam News Lang Lang, so you’re finally back in Hà Nội. Are you going to play any works of Vietnamese composers? I know the Vietnamese music scene. I know that pianist Đặng Thái Sơn won the Chopin Competition many years ago. I actually met his sister when I was visiting last time. So I know that you have a very good tradition of piano and classical music. And I really hope to see more Vietnamese pianists in the future and if you need any help, my foundation will help. The reason I built my foundation is because I wanted the new generation to have a chance to study with the best teachers to perform on the best stage and get scholarships, so they do not have to worry about the money or other things, but focus on piano training. So I’m looking forward to nurturing one or two future Vietnamese young pianists. I would love to. Could you share some thoughts on being a classical musician? Classical music does not come from Asia. If you want … [Read more...] about Lang Lang dives into the ocean of music
Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — Actor Ethan Peck -- whose grandfather was Hollywood legend Gregory Peck -- has been cast as iconic half-Vulcan science officer Spock in CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery. The hiring sees the relatively obscure 32-year-old boldly go where stars Zachary Quinto and -- most famously -- Leonard Nimoy have gone before. "Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek," executive producer Alex Kurtzman said in a statement. "The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion." The show launched in 1966 with a five-year mission "to boldly go where noman has gone before," and became a multi-billion-dollar cultural phenomenon,adored by fans the world over. Nimoy was introduced as Spock in the original series, as the first officerto Captain … [Read more...] about Gregory Peck’s grandson to play Spock in new Star Trek
Viet Nam News By Robert Bicknell Greg Norman doing leg-lifts on crutches just helped the internet to meltdown. Yes, apparently the 62-year old Great White Shark just cannot stop injuring himself, but thankfully, this time it didn’t involve a chainsaw, just a torn ligament. Norman, who is a fitness fanatic, loves posting his workouts online. I believe he is only second to the 81-year old Gary Player in this regard. Player went one better than Norman a few years ago, when he posed for a 2013 photo shoot in the nude – at 77. During the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, 71-year old Cher, accepted an “Icon” award and performed wearing her trademark outfits which leave nothing to the imagination. During her acceptance speech, she casually mentioned that she can “still hold a plank for 5-minutes”. A few years ago, I started hitting the gym and was amazed to find that I was in horrible shape. How could this be? I was still hitting 300 yard drives… … [Read more...] about Tune-up the machine for better golf.