I just got back from performing a concert with the Milwaukee Symphony which featured the pianist Lang Lang in a performance of the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto. From where I was sitting in the viola section, I could only see Lang Lang’s head. At times he looked like he was just sitting and gazing at the musicians in the orchestra or out at the audience. At those times, it seemed impossible that the breakneck speed tempos coming out of the piano were emanating from his arms and fingers.
Did it take him 10,000 hours practice to learn to be able to play like that? Or, is he just lucky?
Probably a bit of both.
In any case, you can hear him here.