The ›New York Times‹ describes him as »the hottest artist on the classical music planet«. There is no doubt that this Chinese-born pianist is one of the most outstanding classical musicians worldwide.
As pianist, pedagogue and philanthropist, he is also an engaged ambassador for the arts in the 21st century who, on the one hand performs concerts for audiences of millions – such as at the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony or sell-out concerts in international concert halls – and on the other, performing for a few hundred children in public schools. In addition to his long-standing partnerships with the world’s finest orchestras and conductors, Lang Lang always seeks out exchanges with artists of other genres – exemplified by performances with Metallica at the Grammy Awards or with jazz titan Herbie Hancock. Lang Lang’s boundless drive to win new audiences for classical music has earned him enormous recognition, also in the form of many awards.
For many years, Lang Lang has also made a capacious contribution to children’s musical education. For example, with the ›Lang Lang International Music Foundation‹, founded in 2008 and whose goal it is to train the top pianists of the future and inspire young people to discover classical music. In 2013, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed Lang Lang as UN Peace Envoy, to promote education worldwide. Lang Lang himself began learning the piano aged 3. As a teenager, he studied in the USA. He became an overnight star when, aged only 17, he stepped in at the last minute at the ›Gala of the Century‹ and performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Lang Lang gave his debut performance with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in 2016. This year’s concert with the star pianist is part of a small joint tour the artist and the orchestra are undertaking.