It’s Dr. Dr. Lang Lang

It’s Dr. Dr. Lang Lang


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2015

dr lang lang

The pianist has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where he was harshly treated as a boy. It’s the first Hon. Dr. ever granted by the CCM, a creeping sign of bad western habits.


  • Minutewaltz says:

    I think it is very decent of Lang Lang not to name and shame in his autobiography the teacher who treated him so cruelly – I hope she is ashamed of herself.

  • Herbert Pauls says:

    Lang Lang has learned enough music, and knows enough about music, to fulfill the requirements for a score of performance doctorates. If only all doctoral candidates were at his level!

  • John Borstlap says:

    A Honorary Doctor is supposed to teach honorary students. If you are a double Honorary Doctor, you have to leach twins.

  • Milka says:

    Give it all a rest , the truth of the matter is that in the scheme of things Lang Lang does
    not matter one bit neither does the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing .

    • Petros LInardos says:

      Why do you think the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing does not matter? What does it take for an educational institution to matter?

  • George King says:

    After having endured a number of colleagues with doctorates over many years (and having had to rectify some of their academic stuff-ups) I’m beginning to wear my ‘Mr King’ as a badge of honour.

  • Patrick John Gordon Shaw says:

    Bravo Dr. Lang Lang! You WERE inspired by this teacher! Harsh treatment from a teacher often feeds inborn genius! We LOVED your performance in Edinburgh and hope you will return to make us cry again soon!