Reaching Dreams Through Music

We’re hosting our biggest virtual concert yet! Lang Lang & Friends: Reaching Dreams Through Music will premiere on Saturday, 12/12 at 3 PM EST!

Featuring special appearances by Lang Lang and his wife, Gina Alice, Jon Batiste, Misty Copeland, Renee Fleming, Ron Howard, Wyclef Jean, Diana Krall, and Sam Smith!

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City will also be making an appearance, along with the LLIMF Young Scholars and Junior Music Camp Music Ambassadors.

Join us, and discover the ways music has shaped the childhood and lives of our featured artists as they perform the songs that have impacted their lives, shaped their careers, and hold deep meaning and personal significance to them.

10th Anniversary Gala 2018

Chinese pianist Lang Lang raised $1.6 million for music education in the US and China at a benefit gala in New York on Wednesday 10th of October

The gala, staged at Cipriani 25 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. The world-renowned pianist led a performance played by the foundation’s young scholars, while Golden Globe-winning actor Alec Baldwin hosted the evening event. Further more, famous tenor Roberto Alagna, 12-time Grammy Award nominee Ledisi and three-time Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean also gave performances during the night.

Founded in 2008 by Lang, the LLIMF strives to educate, inspire and motivate the next generation of music lovers and performers in both the US and China. Over the past 10 years, the foundation has benefited children across the world through various music education programs such as Keys of Inspiration (KOI), 101 Pianists, Young Scholars and Play It Forward.

“At LLIMF, we believe that all children should have access to music education, regardless of their background,” Lang said at the event.

“Most students enter the program with no prior knowledge of music or piano. There have been many students who began the program speaking no English, but in the KOI classroom, everyone speaks one language: music,” he said.

As of September 2018, 40 schools from across the US have enrolled in the program, allowing more than 6,000 students to benefit from music education.  Utilizing a strategic expansion plan, KOI will reach 30,000 students in 80 schools by 2020, said Leszek Barwinski-Brown, the CEO of LLIMF.

As our Keys of Inspiration teacher said last night, “the minute you donate, you just stepped inside the classroom and joined forces with hundreds of passionate music educators seeking to unlock the potential in their students”.

 

 

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10th Anniversary of LLIMF

John Paulson will chair the Lang Lang International Music Foundation™ 10th anniversary gala on October 10th, co-chaired by Judith-Ann Corrente, David M. Hryck, Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Bruno Wang, Joan and Sandy Weill, Shirley Young and Ann Ziff.

We’ll also celebrate two remarkable people, Joan and Irwin Jacobs presenting them with our Foundation’s Lifetime Philanthropy Award.

We plan private concert with Lang Lang and his friends Roberto Alagna, Ledisi, Wyclef Jean and Alec Baldwin.

Proceeds from this evening will expand our Foundation’s Keys of Inspiration™ (KOI) which delivers a structured music curriculum to over 6,000 children in underserved elementary schools across the USA. In the KOI piano lab, students build self-confidence, a sense of achievement, and a drive towards excellence. By 2020 we project over 30,000 students in 80 schools participating across the country.

 

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LLIMF Lifetime Philanthropy Award

Joan H. and Sanford I. Weill were honored with the LLIMF Lifetime Philanthropy Award

 

Joan H. and Sanford I. Weill, known for their generous donations and work with New York City staples such as Carnegie Hall, Alvin Ailey, Weill Cornell Medicine, and National Academy Foundation, were honored with the LLIMF Lifetime Philanthropy Award. They gave a heartfelt speech on their long-time relationship with the global pianist prodigy, Lang Lang, who they have known since he was 17 years-old and urged guests to support this very important cause, emphasizing the importance of music education and the integrity of LLIMF and its leaders. “Lang Lang is the largest donor to this foundation,” said Sandy Weill, “very few people take money out of their own pocket to fund their own organization. Lang Lang is a unique individual. This is not something you see often.”

This special honor goes to someone who has demonstrated their long-term commitment to the mission of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. They have dedicated themselves to facilitating our programs, and creating opportunities in music education.

The recipient of the award is someone who is enthusiastic about the programs and opportunities they help create. They understand the need for music education, and believe that music can open doors in children’s lives to unique opportunities.

The recipient of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Lifetime Philanthropy Award believes and demonstrates through their involvement with the Foundation, that when you give a child the gift of music, you give a child the world.

Tonight, we are honored to present this award to Joan & Sandy Weill. Nobody is more deserving than these two who I have been privileged and honored to call my dear friends for the last 15 years when I first met them at Carnegie Hall on April 16, 2001. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this past June, 5 days after I celebrated my 34th birthday. That’s pretty cool, right!! June is a special month for us and I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that Joan also celebrated her 21st birthday on June 20th!

My dear Joan and Sandy are partners in every sense of the words. I cannot begin to tell you all how much I have learned from them over the years by the way they lead and the way they care, which continues to make an incredible difference throughout our world. They lead not just by writing a check, but by devoting their time, energy, experiences and intelligence to the organizations they are passionate about and have been involved with for many years. In addition to the terrific work they do with Alvin Ailey, Carnegie Hall, Weill Cornell, NAF, UCSF, and Sonoma State University, just to name a few, we are thrilled to have their support of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

When I first began thinking about starting a foundation, Joan and Sandy were the ones I immediately confided in. They have been with me and the Foundation every step of the way and I am beyond grateful for this. Education is at the heart of everything that they do and I know they work tirelessly and pride themselves on seeing that music, the arts, and culture help bridge cultural divides that exist throughout our world. Together, we are making a difference and we will continue making a difference in the hearts and minds of our younger generation thanks to the work of the Weill’s and all of you here tonight.

It is really a dream come true for me to present the inaugural Lang Lang International Music Foundation Lifetime Philanthropy Award to Joan and Sandy Weill. I love you both very much!

– Lang Lang

 

 

 

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Lang Lang & Friends Gala Concert Dinner

Music Education Gets a Big Leg Up from New York’s Society & Philanthropists at Lang Lang & Friends Gala Concert Dinner honoring Joan H. Weill & Sanford I. Weill

3rd Annual Gala Raises Over $2,000,000 for Music Education in the U.S.

 

NEW YORK, NY (Oct 18, 2016) Last night, New York’s society and philanthropists gathered at Cipriani’s in New York City’s Financial District in support of music education. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation™ (LLIMF) headed by international classical pianist and superstar, Lang Lang and CEO, Leszek Lukas Barwinski-Brown, held its third annual Lang Lang & Friends Gala Concert Dinner to raise funds for its powerful programs that bring classical music education to public schools within some of the most underserved communities across the country. “Right now we service over 2,500 students in the U.S., not bad” said LLIMF Founder and President, Lang Lang. “My goal is to reach 20,000 students!” he exclaimed. The evening raised over $2 million in donations for the various programs operated by the Foundation including Keys of Inspiration™, 101 Pianists™ and Young Scholars. A total that more than doubled the fundraising efforts from the two previous galas.

Joan H. and Sanford I. Weill, known for their generous donations and work with New York City staples such as Carnegie Hall, Alvin Ailey, Weill Cornell Medicine, and National Academy Foundation, were honored with the LLIMF Lifetime Philanthropy Award. They gave a heartfelt speech on their long-time relationship with the global pianist prodigy, Lang Lang, who they have known since he was 17 years-old and urged guests to support this very important cause, emphasizing the importance of music education and the integrity of LLIMF and its leaders. “Lang Lang is the largest donor to this foundation,” said Sandy Weill, “very few people take money out of their own pocket to fund their own organization. Lang Lang is a unique individual. This is not something you see often.”

Students from Harlem’s P.S 46 Children’s Choir as well and Boston Arts Academy Jazz Quintet and Young Scholar pianists delighted guests with impressive performances throughout the night. Closing the evening were amazing performances by Grammy Award winning vocalist Michael Feinstein and an unforgettable last song by Lang Lang, along with and multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated recording artist, songwriter, Lisa Fischer with a voice-over by Tony and Emmy Award winning actor, Jeffrey Wright. The evening was chaired by philanthropists Judith-Ann Corrente & Chairwoman of the New York Metropolitan Opera, Ann Ziff. Other guests included Founder and CEO of Repechage – Skin Care Company  Lydia and David Sarfati, music mogul, Lyor Cohen and wife, deputy chairman of Christie’s Asia, Xin Li, Blackberry CEO, John S. Chen, Co-founder and former Chairman of Qualcomm, Irwin M. Jacobs, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for MasterCard, Raja Rajamannar, textile tycoon, Silas Chou, and media personality, writer and LLIMF Honorary Ambassador Dr. Chiu-Ti Jansen, among many others.

 

 

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Inaugural Gala 2013

“If his prominence is sufficient to fill Carnegie Hall for a concert half devoted to young protégés and celebrity acquaintances, it can’t be seen as anything but good news that he uses it to foster young artists and music education programs.”   —   Steve Smith,  The New York Times

 

June 3, 2013 – Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium

Lang Lang gave a special one-night only concert,  hosted by Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning entertainer Alec Baldwin, at Carnegie Hall in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The concert featured Lang Lang’s friends, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, Grammy Award-winning soprano Renée Fleming, nine-time Grammy Award winning recording artist John Legend, and Danish singer-songwriter Oh Land in special guest appearances. The concert also featured the Young Scholars of the Foundation, Jess Larsen, Kate Xington Lee (李欣潼), Johnson Li Zhongxin, Charlie Liu, Jonathan Yun Yang (杨隽) and Derek Wang as well as surprise guest appearance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

The concert was completely SOLD OUT with a full house for the post-concert dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

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Inaugural Gala 2013

Annual Gala 2014

“It truly was an amazing night, filled with so many talented young people coming together for a wonderful cause. We were pleased to take part of the event, and to support this wonderful organization.”      –David Sarfati, Repêchage Chief Operating Officer 

Thank you very much for supporting our mission and work.  Your presence and your gifts made for an unforgettable evening! 

October 24, 2014 – United Nations Delegates Dining Room

Following a historic performance in the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall, the Charlie Brown Blues Band of the Boston Arts Academy set the tempo for a beautiful evening.  Award Winning Canadian Singer, Matt Dusk, crooned at the evening dinner under the stars.  Our most successful fundraiser to date has allowed us to continue in our dedication to reaching dreams through music.

 

 

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Fundraising Events

The Lang Lang International Music Foundation would like to thank our supporters who were all instrumental in making our Annual Lang Lang & Friends Gala a tremendous success!

 

The Foundation operates with the conviction that music is a universal language that can open opportunities for understanding and acceptance.  We aim to ignite a passion for music in our children so they can be leaders in bridging cultural gaps and help unite local and global communities.  Our hope is that cultural exchange through music, over time, will translate into greater cultural awareness and social development.  Thank you for allowing us to experience your gifts so that we may continue to share the gift of music. Each and every one of you has created a special moment in time for our Foundation. We hope to collaborate again sometime in the future and wish everyone an immense amount of success and abundance in your pursuits.

 

 

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