Mozart is now hugely popular with children in China

Imagine the reaction if Chinese investors moved in to snap up Volkswagen. Following the shock and awe in Germany, media comment around the world would(...)

Lang Lang: ‘Every night, onstage, you need to be in the same condition. That is very difficult for a lot of people’

The Michelin Guide’s new star ratings for restaurants were announced last week. And everyone who loves to hate the verdicts handed down by the anon(...)

Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

Love them or hate them – and the band don’t care one way or another – Metallica have earned the right to headline Glastonbury next week. If commercial(...)

Lang Lang:  there may be nothing better for a man with such startling facility and strong ideas than music so new that its performing traditions have yet to be established

When I went to hear Lang Lang in Birmingham earlier this month, the person seated next to me was a Chinese girl, who struck up a conversation a(...)

Lang Lang performs during the Grammy Awards in January. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Lang Lang is one of those pianists who regularly gets showered with accolades about his technical mastery. So when I meet up with him in Birmin(...)

Jörg Widmann: approached Mendelssohn with the licence of an interpreter who takes composer-like possession of the music

When it comes to musical prodigies, Mendelssohn outshines even Mozart. There is a great difference in scale, to be sure. Mozart, toured and pro(...)