iPiano: Classical music star Lang Lang plays the iPad in concert
Concerts featuring a world-renowned piano master doing his thing at an old-fashioned grand piano? Bo-ring. But a pianist fooling around on an iPad? That's the stuff of an Internet sensation.
At least according to YouTube, where Lang Lang's first encore after a concert in San Francisco has gone viral. Lang Lang — classical music's rock star pianist, a man who is treated almost like a tabloid celebrity in his home country of China — played Houston's Jones Hall earlier on the same tour.
The song was Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" and the instrument was Magic Piano for the iPad, which Lang Lang played while showing off the screen to the audience and symphony musicians alike, even offering the conductor a note or two.
A week later over half a million people have checked out what a real artist can do with the app — which maker Smule says was inspired by Lang Lang himself.
But Lang Lang still has a way to go before being the Internet's most famous Magic Pianist. He's still four million views behind Iggy the Cat.