The pianist Lang Lang performed Mendelssohn's Concerto No. 1 in G Minor at the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra on Tuesday, July 29 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Bernard Holland commented on Lang Lang's performance: "The young man put into its three movements as much heartfelt gesture as this tightly wound piece would allow, and actually the built-in restraints of Mendelssohn's cooler approach did him a favor, letting us truly appreciate an extraordinary control of the instrument and a collection of tender musical instincts." (The New York Times, July 31, 3003). Wynne Delacoma wrote for Chicago Sun-Times (April 23, 2003) as follows:
Daniel Barenboim, a renowned pianist, doesn't have students per se, but after meeting Lang Lang after the young pianist's New York Philharmonic debut last fall, he agreed to coach him for their upcoming recording. Lang Lang traveled to Vienna and Chicago for approximately 20 hours of work with Barenboim, focusing on the Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn concertos.
"He has quite a unique talent, both pianistically and musically," Barenboim said. "There are other people who get around the keyboard with tremendous facility. But it's not just that with Lang Lang. Every note speaks to him and therefore, whenever he plays, he tells a story. ... He's so thirsty, he's a very curious boy."
"I enjoyed every second of the recording session." said Lang Lang. "[Barenboim] gave me tremendous [insights] into how to think about music, how to shape the music and the quality of the sound. That's really, really the main point for me. ... Musically you need to grow up to a deeper position. That helped me tremendously, especially for this recording session. I knew very clearly where every note, every phrase goes."