Becoming a concert pianist takes years of experience and thousands hours of practice on a regular basis. To developing a substantial classical piano repertoire, pianists spend much more of their lifetimes practising than they do playing concerts.
A professional pianist should have several recital programs and concertos ready and prepared all the time. Another important skill for every performing pianist is being able to perform the music program well on vastly different and unfamiliar instruments.
If you sit down at a piano you’ve never played before, what’s the best piece to play to familiarise yourself with it quickly? In this video, Chinese superstar pianist Lang Lang shows his best repertoire and technique to quickly warm up or get accommodated to a new piano. He demonstrates the full dynamic range of sounds, the feel for the keys, the pedals and the sound he can get from an unfamiliar instrument.