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Three young pianists receive masterclass from Lang Lang

Leading life and pensions company AEGON, recently joined forces with one of the world’s most sought after classical music artists, Lang Lang, to offer three young pianists a once in a lifetime opportunity - to take part in a masterclass with the Chinese-born star.
 
Lang Lang, 27, who is an Brand Ambassador for AEGON, and was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s top 100 most influential people, took time out of his busy touring schedule to give an hour long masterclass in the stunning Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music (RCM).
 
The Lang Lang AEGON Masterclass, gave Lara Omeroglu (16), Asagi Nakata (14) and Martin Bartlett (14) – who all study at the RCM Junior Department – the unique opportunity to work with, and learn from, Lang Lang, on a piece of their choice.
 
Lang Lang was impressed by the standard of the three pianists:
“I am really honoured to be invited to this beautiful college, and to listen and work with such great talent. They are 3 very talented pianists and it was a pleasure to work with them.”
 
Lara, who only four days earlier was crowned BBC Young Musician of the Year, played Chopin’s Etude in C sharp Minor Op.25 No.7 and was thrilled to be working with such a global superstar:
 
“He’s a really emotional player and he really feels the music from his heart. I enjoyed working with him as I feel the same way. It was a great experience and one I will never forget.”
 
Martin played Scarlatti’s Sonata in F sharp major K.318 L.31, and for him it was a dream come true:
 
“I saw him at the Barbican a few years ago and I thought that one day I would love to meet him – and now I’ve just met him! I learnt so much – it was really
fantastic.”
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Asagi played Liszt’s Grande Etude de Paganini No.6 (Theme and Variations) and was full of nervous energy:
 
“I was so excited – my adrenaline was so high that I thought I couldn’t play. I loved it and I will never forget what he taught me.”
 
Peter Hewitt, Director of the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music said:
 
“We were thrilled when we were contacted by AEGON to say Lang Lang was playing a concert at the Royal Albert Hall and would we be interested in him giving a masterclass to some of our junior department students. Of course we said yes, absolutely!
 
“The Masterclass was a fantastic afternoon, with fantastic playing from the trio - Lara’s expressive poetry; Martin’s compelling sound; Asagi’s coruscating fingers; all already impressive but becoming more so after such penetrating and inspiring input from Lang Lang himself.
 
“All of us in the audience gained hugely from hearing all three children respond with such intelligence and musicality - so swiftly too. It was a joy to hear him play here at the College.”
 
Jayne Ponzio, Head of Brand, Communications & Sponsorship for AEGON UK said:
 
“Lang Lang has been AEGON’s “brand ambassador,” since 2009 and it was fantastic to watch him nurturing three of Britain’s brightest musical talents at the Lang Lang AEGON Masterclass. We are delighted with the positive, and lasting, impact he has made on the three pianists, their teachers and the audience who attended.
 
Alongside our other major sponsorships, such as our partnership with British Tennis and Dutch football team AFC Ajax, Lang Lang is an important part of AEGON’s brand strategy. His international star-status helps us to develop our brand awareness, not only here in the UK, but around the world.”
 
For more information on AEGON visit www.aegon.co.uk. To find out more about the Royal College of Music visit www.rcm.ac.uk