“I started 101 Pianists® to give piano students an opportunity to play together,” says Lang Lang. “It started about 15 years ago at one of my concerts where I invited students to join me on stage for an encore – and we had a wonderful time. So, I wanted to do more of these events as a workshop and also a performance for the community. It’s now one of the key programs of my foundation.”
– Lang Lang
To date this program has inspired over 100,000 audience members and 1400 piano students. 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.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 Paris, Berlin, London, Hong Kong, Rome along with many other international cities. 101 Pianists® is welcomed by its hosted communities as an educational workshop. 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.