May 17, 2012 AT 8 P.M.
Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times, the 28 year-old Lang Lang has become an international phenomenon, playing sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. He was the first Chinese pianist to perform with the Vienna and Berlin philharmonic orchestras as well as all of the top-tier American orchestras. In 2008, he was seen by more than five billion people when he performed in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. He has played for numerous international dignitaries and was recently invited to perform for President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jin-tao at the White House State Dinner. The superstar pianist’s influence and status in China has helped to inspire over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play piano – a phenomenon dubbed by NBC’s The Today Show as “the Lang Lang effect.” Testimony to his success, Time magazine included Lang Lang in its 2009 list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” His latest CD, Lang Lang: Live in Vienna, features a live recording of his 2010 recital at Vienna’s legendary Musikverein.
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