Lang Lang

Keyboard Magazine-"Lang Lang on Mozart, Metallica, and Music Education For All"

By Jennifer Carpenter

January 8, 2015


"Internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang has achieved extraordinary artistic success. He had played with major U.S. orchestra by the age of 20, was the first Chinese pianist ever to perform with both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, and has given command performances for world leaders across the globe—including a White House state dinner in 2011. His performing with artists in other genres—including Herbie Hancock at the 2009 Brit Awards, Metallica at the 2014 Grammys, and Psy at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games—has also put a fresh and fearless face on classical piano.


He’s also as impassioned an educator as he is a performer. His performance at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing inspired literally millions of children in China to begin learning classical piano—a phenomenon dubbed “the Lang Lang effect.” That same year, he launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which provides music education opportunities for children around the globe. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the “100 most influential people in the world.” Now only 32, his combination of virtuosity and outreach has made him the new millennium’s de facto ambassador of classical—a Van Cliburn for today’s smaller and hyper-connected world. "


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