He’s on the cover of a Beijing magazine, which conducted an interview with the star and with China’s most respected piano professor, Zhou Guangren. The professor was quoted as being studiously critical of his recent Beethoven playing, albeit in friendly terms.
When the article appeared, Yundi’s millions of fans turned the social media site weibo white-hot with demands for the release of the interview tape. Yundi’s father phoned the professor, recorded the call without her permission and released the tape on weibo.
Playing the piano game in China is not for the faint-hearted.