In a soft-soap interview for Jing Daily, China’s second most-famous pianist has firmly denied any bad feeling between him and the nation’s number one:
This was created by the media. We’re both classical pianists, the same age, from the East, so it was an easy target to pit me against [him] for headlines. Nothing to do with me, no hostility between us whatsoever. I tell my fans to never be jealous — be a good man and work hard, as it’s what I believe. People just assume what they’ve read is true. The reality is I’d shake his hand if he was right here.
Let Slipped Disc inject a note of reality here. Lang Lang, while on Deutsche Grammophon, had his representatives insist that Yundi was dropped from the label. When Yundi rejoined DG, after Lang Lang’s departure, he insisted that the press statement issued in china should declare that he was being paid more than Lang Lang’s $3 million Sony handshake.
These are not rumours. They are verified incidents. The hostility between them was part of every negotiation.
If Yundi now wants to be best friends with Lang Lang that’s great, but he cannot expect us to believe that the hostility between them was fabricated by media. Unless he wishes to live on a fantasy island where no-one will ever disturb him.