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Piano prodigy from China, Lang Lang (郎朗)
Posted by: vivian_wang_wei (IP Logged)
Date: November 27, 2007 01:16AM
Piano Prodigy from China: 郎朗 (Lǎng Lǎng)

« The world's most successful pianist. »
Die Welt am Sonntag (Berlin), November 2006

« ... his playing was so raptly beautiful that one was afraid to breathe for fear of missing anything. »
Chicago Tribune, May 2006 (concert review)

Lang Lang, the young musical prodigy has been called one of the greatest classical pianists of his generation.

Lang Lang's Quote:
« I love the audience. It seems like a lot of people watching…the creation of this wonderful work. And then you are at the same time the interpreter. It’s like building a bridge to their heart. »

Secret of the name:
Lang-lang 郎朗 (lǎnglǎng), is the sound of reading aloud (for reading books or singing songs). It is a very smart name to match his musical carrer. His parents well planned his future as a pianist, you can guest it from his name and his success at such a young age.


Childhood. Born in Shenyang, China in 1982. He started playing the piano at the tender age of 3. At five years old he gave his first recital. He would later on study at the Central Music Conservatory in Beijing. When he was 13, Lang Lang placed first during the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition held in Japan. In 1997, he left for the United States to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he was offered a scholarship. Once there, he studied under the tutelage of Gary Graffman.

Rise to Fame. In 1998 he made his American debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 1999, André Watts was supposed to perform at the Ravinia Festival’s “Gala of the Century” held in Highland Park, Illinois. Due to health problems, André Watts couldn’t make it and Lang Lang stepped in. Lang Lang performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. That performance brought him astounding praise and recognition.

Notable Performances and Awards since 2000

2001 Makes sold-out Carnegie Hall debut in April to great critical acclaim playing the Grieg Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony under Yuri Temirkanov. In June Lang Lang travels to Beijing with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch for a tour celebrating the orchestra’s 100th anniversary, during which he performs to an audience of 8000 at the Great Hall of the People.

2001/02 Recital debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Louvre in Paris. Makes his subscription-concert debuts with the New York Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, both with Christoph Eschenbach, under whose baton he also tours Europe with the NDR Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg. Performs with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit in concerts broadcast on NHK Television throughout Japan.

2002 In July at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival he becomes the first recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award in recognition of his exceptional musical talent. He is featured in a week-long residency with five concerts at the Ravinia Festival.

2003 Makes his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon in February: the Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn First Concertos, with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (released in 2003, Echo Award 2004).

2004 His orchestral appearances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Marin Alsop), London Philharmonic (Vladimir Jurowski), Orchestre de Paris (Eschenbach), Berlin Staatskapelle (Barenboim), Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (Gergiev) and, in June, Berliner Philharmoniker (closing-night concert of the season), with Sir Simon Rattle at the Waldbühne.

2005 Appears in Beijing and on an extensive North American tour with the China Philharmonic as well as with leading international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic (Maazel), Detroit Symphony (Järvi), Chicago Symphony (Barenboim), Royal Concertgebouw (Gatti), Münchner and Wiener Philharmoniker (Mehta), and London Symphony (Sir Colin Davis). Takes part in the second “Concert for Europe” with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Mehta, broadcast around the world and reaching nearly 60 million people. Appears to great acclaim at festivals throughout North America and Europe. Extensive tours of North America, Europe, Far East, and first Latin American tour. Release of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and the Paganini Rhapsody with Gergiev.

2006 Orchestral engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Salonen), Philadelphia Orchestra (Eschenbach), Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (Nagano), Israel Philharmonic (Mehta), Vienna Symphonic Orchestra (Luisi), Orchestra of La Scala (Chailly), Pittsburgh Symphony (Sir Andrew Davis), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Jansons), Berlin Staatskapelle (Barenboim), Rotterdam Philharmonic (Gergiev), New York Philharmonic (Tovey), and Berliner Philharmoniker (Mehta). In June he appears at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Munich’s Olympia Stadium with Munich’s three symphony orchestras.

2007 Numerous appearances with the world’s leading orchestras, performing concertos by Chopin, Ravel, Liszt, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Mozart, and Grieg. Special highlights of the year include his concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Easter Festival, and with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Daniel Barenboim at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/27/2007 06:45AM by Olive.

Re: Piano prodigy from China, Lang Lang (郎朗)
Posted by: Haiyang (IP Logged)
Date: November 27, 2007 10:04PM
Lang Lang's real good. I like to listen to his CDs. Hope we'll have more talents like him in the next 10 years.

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