Go Away With ... Lang Lang
Classical pianist Lang Lang counts Zanzibar as one of the prettiest places on the planet. (Peter Honnemann, Tribune Media Service / October 23, 2012)
A. Let's see ... I have a home in New York and one in Beijing. I stay in New York almost two months a year, and then maybe three weeks in Beijing. The rest of the year is spent touring.
Q. Of all the places you've been to, could you see yourself retiring in one of them?
A. I actually think I could retire in Los Angeles. I like good weather -- warm weather. It's very good for the circulation.
Q. How many pieces of luggage do you bring with you?
A. I always have two big bags and two small bags total. I am not a really heavy traveler and don't bring so many clothes with me. But the thing that is really heavy is my music work.
Q. What is your exercise regimen on the road?
A. I'm not naturally fit, so I try to take half an hour of exercise every day to try to relax. Playing two-hour recitals nonstop is very tiring.
Q. What do you do on the plane to make the most of your time?
A. I try to sleep, actually, because once I get off the plane I start working pretty much right away. But I will also listen to music, watch movies or just try to relax. I'll also study new music that I'm learning.
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