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Lang Lang, A Famous International Pianist

Lang Lang, the first Chinese pianist employed in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and five major U.S. Symphony Orchestra, won a number of classical music awards, including German classical echo award, the British classical music award, the Bernstein art achievement award, international Mendelsohn award.

Born in a family full of atmosphere of music on June 14, 1982 in Shenyang City, Lang Lang at two and a half years old began to learn playing the piano, by the age of 12 in Germany ettlingen Fourth International Youth Piano Competition won the championship and outstanding artistic achievement award.

At the end of 1997, in the referral of Graffman, Lang Lang successfully with the international famous IMG performance brokerage company signed a contract, since then Lang Lang was on a path toward a professional performer. Finally at 17 years old in the Lavigne Music Festival in Chicago America, when the last note was finished, all 30000 of the audience stood up and cheered, Lang Lang shot to fame.

In June 2004, in the summer forest concert in Berlin, Germany Lang Lang (22 years old) and the famous conductor Simon LVL Jazz together played the concerto: Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto, a live audience of more than 20000 people, and was broadcast worldwide. Lang Lang is the first Chinese pianist to collaborate with the Berlin Philharmonic.

From 2003 Lang Lang began issuing albums, such as Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninov: Piano Trios, which is his debut chamber music album, collaborating with two greatest contemporary virtuoso: Vadim Repin and Misha Maisky; this album includes the works of Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio, and the works of Rachmaninoff: Trio elegy. As well as 2007/DG/ Beethoven First and Fourth Piano Concerto (the CD Title: Beethoven: piano Concertos Nos. 1 &. 4), which was his debut Beethoven Album, also a perfect cooperation of Lang Lang and master Eschenbach conducting the Paris Orchestre. This album also helped him to win the nominations of the 50th Grammy for best instrumental soloist.

Since his debut on the world stage, Lang Lang has been enthusiastic in all over the world to share his ideas and experiences with the kids who are learning piano, and in 2008 in New York he established a Lang Lang International Music Foundation, expecting for the next generation of young people to create better environment and development platform.

Lang Lang loves sports, was the ambassador of Beijing Olympic Games and Shanghai World Expo, also served as the torch bearer of the Beijing Olympic Games and the London Olympic Games. While Lang Lang as brand ambassador and cultural ambassador of many international well-known brands, together with domestic and foreign brands held a lot of charity concerts, set up a music summer camp, and supported many talented young musicians.

Also keen on charitable activities. In August 2004, Lang Lang as the international goodwill ambassador of United Nations Children's Fund visited Tanzania, Africa, and looked up the children suffering from disease and poverty, and so on. So in 2013 Lang Lang become the twelfth peace envoy of the United Nations, this is also the first Chinese to become a peace ambassador.

Lang Lang is considered to be China's Mozart, the world's most successful pianist, as well as Horowitz in twenty-first Century.

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