Lang Lang

Lang Lang wins International Artist of the Year Classic BRIT Award

The Classic BRIT Award for International Artist of the Year will go to Chinese pianist Lang Lang, it has been announced. Les Misérables stars Samantha Barks and Alfie Boe will also perform at the ceremony on October 2nd.
The special award will be given to Lang Lang in recognition of his global success as a recording artist and performer, as well as his work in popularising the piano among young players in China and beyond.
Co-chairmen of the the Classic BRIT Awards committee, Dickon Stainer and Barry McCann, commented: "We are proud to honour Lang Lang with the award for International Artist of the Year at this year’s Classic BRIT Awards."
"His continuing enthusiasm, efforts and performances around the globe have helped encourage people of all ages to start playing the piano and this above all is what we hope to achieve with each Classic BRIT Awards event."
Last year the International Artist of the Year award was given to tenor Andrea Bocelli.
In addition to the previously announced live performances on the night, Classic BRITs audiences will be treated to two appearances from Alfie Boe and Samantha Barks. The pair previously performed at the ceremony in 2011 as part of the cast of Les Misérables (Barks went on to star in the 2012 movie adaptation alongside Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe).
Performances on the night will come from Lang Lang (who will duet with violinist Nicola Benedetti), Ludovico Einaudi, Gareth Malone and his Voices choir, Amy Dickson, Joseph Calleja and Hans Zimmer, who has already been announced as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music award.
The final tickets for the show have now been released and are available from the Royal Albert Hall website.