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Breaking: Lang Lang is quitting the Channel 4 show

Breaking: Lang Lang is quitting the Channel 4 show

Norman Lebrecht

June 18, 2024

The Chinese pianist has left the talent show The Pianist after two tearful seasons.

‘It has been a real pleasure to be a mentor at The Piano and spend time with the talented pianists. The level of talent I have witnessed is phenomenal, and it has been a privilege to see the love of piano playing across Britain,” he said. ‘I will miss Mika and Claudia terribly, but am really looking forward to being reunited with them later this year during the filming of the Christmas special.’

There was a general impression in season 2 that Lang Lang had run out of things to say between Mika’s platitudes and Claudia Winkelman’s flow.

Lang Lang is replaced by multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste.