World-renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang gives sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. He is the first Chinese pianist to have been engaged by the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras and all of the main American orchestras.
Lang Lang was born on 14 June 1982 in Shenyang, China. He began learning the piano at the age of three and a few years later entered the Beijing conservatoire, where he entered numerous competitions. With his father's encouragement, in 1987 he won first prize in the Shenyang Piano Competition and went on to give his first public recital. He subsequently won a string of awards and prizes, including first prize in the 1995 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, held in Japan.
From 1997 to 2002, the young pianist honed his technique with Gary Grafflab at the Curtis Institute and settled in the United States, where he still lives. He kicked off his international career in 2001 with a performance of the Grieg Concerto at Carnegie Hall that earned enthusiastic praise from critics
His first recording for Deutsche Grammophon in 2003, playing the first piano concertos by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, was another high point in his career.
Three years later, the Chinese pianist performed at the World Football Cup opening ceremony in Munich. In 2008, hundreds of millions of television viewers watched him perform at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
In a further sign of his success, his name was on TIME's list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World, and the great majority of his albums are classical music best-sellers in the United States.
The pianist has set out to share classical music around the world by placing the emphasis on training children and young musicians through education. To this end, in 2007 he set up the Lang Lang Music Foundation to help young piano prodigies in various countries of the world.
In May 2011, the Prince of Wales conferred an Honorary Doctorate in music on Lang Lang at the Royal College of Music. On 22 October of the same year, the concert Lang Lang gave with Charles Dutoit and The Philadelphia Orchestra for the bicentennial of Liszt's birth was broadcast live to nearly 500 cinemas across the United States and Europe.
Six landmark dates in the life of Lang Lang:
1987: Lang Langs wins first prize in the Shenyang piano competition
1995: Receives first prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Japan
2001: Lang Lang kicks off his international career with a performance in New York's Carnegie Hall
2007: The pianist sets up the Lang Lang Music Foundation
2008: Lang Lang performs during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
2011: Lang Lang is presented with an Honorary Doctorate in music by the Prince of Wales