Born in 1982 in Shenyang, China, Lang Lang began piano lessons at age three; two years later he won the Shenyang Piano Competition and played his first public recital. At nine he entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory. At fourteen he was a featured soloist in China National Symphony’s inaugural concert, and the following year he began studies with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1999, Lang Lang substituted at the last minute for André Watts in the Ravinia Festival’s Gala of the Century. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in October 2000 as a Shenson Young Artist and has returned frequently. In 2008 he became the first artist featured in the Symphony’s Project San Francisco. In September 2011, he was featured in the gala concert that opened the Symphony’s centennial season. Last season, Lang Lang held a residency and served as creative director of the Ascent Series at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He performed at the Last Night Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London and toured with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. Last October, he and the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrated Liszt’s 200th birthday with a concert that was broadcast live in more than 500 theaters worldwide.
Lang Lang records exclusively for Sony. His discography includes his 2010 recital at the Vienna Musikverein, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 with the Orchestre de Paris, appearances on Tan Dun’s soundtrack for The Banquet, and Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky piano trios with violinist Vadim Repin and cellist Mischa Maisky. Last year, he released the CD Liszt, My Piano Hero and the DVD Liszt, Now! In 2007, Lang Lang earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Instrumental Soloist. In 2008, he was named cultural ambassador to China by the Recording Academy; he was also chosen as a worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo and is the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. He recently received honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and last year he received the highest prize awarded by China’s Ministry of Culture.
Lang Lang’s autobiography, Journey of a Thousand Miles, was published in 2008 in eight languages, and he also released a version for younger readers entitled Playing with Flying Keys. He serves on the boards of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award Project, the Weill Music Institute Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Carnegie Hall Artistic Advisory Board. He appeared in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009, and was included as one of 250 Young Global Leaders picked by the World Economic Forum in 2010, receiving the Crystal Award in Davos. In 2011, Lang Lang Music World opened—an arts complex in Shenzhen and Chongqing, China, dedicated to music education for children.
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Lang Lang is an Exclusive Recording Artist of Sony Music.