22 Facts About Lang Lang


Lang Lang is a Chinese pianist who has performed with leading orchestras in China, North America, Europe, and elsewhere.

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Lang Lang was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, in 1982 to a family of Manchu ethnicity.

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Lang Lang'sfather Lang Guoren is a musician, playing the erhu.

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When Lang was nine, he was expelled from his piano tutor's studio for "lack of talent".

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In 1995, Lang played the Chopin etudes at the Beijing Concert Hall, won the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Japan, and soloed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Fourteen-year-old Lang was a featured soloist for the China National Symphony's inaugural concert.

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In December 2008, Lang partnered with Google and YouTube in the project YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

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At the White House state dinner in honour of President of China Hu Jintao on 19 January 2011, one of the tunes Lang played was the song "My Motherland" from the movie Battle on Shangganling Mountain, an anti-imperialist film on the Korean War.

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Hancock and Lang continued to collaborate with a world tour in summer 2009.

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In 2011, Lang opened the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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In 2012, Lang gave a masterclass to a select few pianists at the Royal College of Music featuring Lara Omeroglu and Martin James Bartlett.

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In January 2014, Lang collaborated with heavy metal band Metallica at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, performing their iconic 1988 anti-war classic "One".

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On 3 July 2014, Lang played at Byblos International Festival in Byblos, Lebanon.

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On 8 February 2015, Lang played with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, performing Pharrell's hit song "Happy".

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On 30 April 2015, Lang performed at the Expo 2015 opening concert with Andrea Bocelli at Piazza del Duomo in Milan.

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On 19 August 2020, Lang Lang told a Meditative Story about his audition for teacher Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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On 25 September 2021, Lang performed at Global Citizen Live on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City.

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On 30 September 2021, Lang performed at the opening ceremony of Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE.

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Lang Lang has received many awards and made many television appearances.

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In June 2011, Lang was engaged by Telefonica to make appearances concerning culture, technology, education and social commitment.

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On 22 July 2012, Lang carried the London 2012 Olympic torch through Hornchurch on its Redbridge to Bexley leg.

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On 28 October 2013, Lang was chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace—a role he says is more important than his music because it can help improve the lives of children around the world through education.

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