101 Pianists

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The 101 PIANISTS performances aim to inspire the next generation of music lovers and performers by engaging 100 young pianists in a unique social musical event with Lang Lang.

Guided by Lang Lang’s encouraging teaching style, these young piano enthusiasts celebrate their love of playing, experiment with collaboration with other musicians, and enjoy the inherently social nature of the traditionally solo piano during a master class and public performance. The participants create a joyous sound magnified one hundred times over and provide an extraordinary show for their local youth community who comprise the majority of the audience.

The 101 Pianists program lasts approximately three hours. After registration and instrument assignments, the piano students participate in a sound check and rehearsal with staff from the partner music institution. Next, the senior piano instructors and pace keepers lead a master class with the kids before the audience enters the performance space. In the second part of the event, the audience will not only be entertained, but also educated by the creative master class conducted by Lang Lang that breaks out the arrangement by participant level. They will then hear the final performance of the pieces by the 101 pianists (100 students plus Lang Lang) all performing together in harmony, and the event wraps up with a Q&A session with Lang Lang and the audience.

In 2009 Lang Lang brought 100 pianists together for a unique performance that produced something greater than any single performer could create alone. The event was a celebration of the beauty and social nature of the piano. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation recreates this magic in wonderful venues around the world and these events have been described by the media and host institutions as “extravaganzas!”

This program has been conducted in San Francisco, Berlin, London, China and Toronto, and others are in development.  These events are welcomed by the communities where they are conducted and applauded by the students who participate.  The participants are inspired by the opportunity to perform with Lang Lang and the audience benefits from the live performance and the opportunity to observe the master class by a naturally engaging teacher.


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