Lang Lang

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times and the “world’s ambassador of the keyboard” by The New Yorker, Lang Lang has played sold out concerts in every major city in the world.

In 2008, Lang Lang was featured in concert with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, and was a featured performer at the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies. In 2009, Lang Lang appeared in the Time's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Lang Lang was chosen as an official worldwide ambassador for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Having performed for numerous international dignitaries, he most recently performed for President Barack Obama and President Hu Jin-tao at the White House State Dinner and on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert for Elizabeth II.

Lang Lang is seen as a symbol of the youth and future of China, and is an inspiration to the 40 million classical piano students there. In 2008, he established the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Lang Lang was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 2004, and he is the youngest member of Carnegie Hall’s Artistic Advisory Board.

He was as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders picked by the World Economic Forum and received the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos. Lang Lang received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Royal College of Music. In 2011, he was honoured the highest award by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. In 2012, he received the highest German civilian honour, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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