The YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM is a music education program designed to identify and support talented young pianists in their professional development and in the delivery of live performances to their peers, with the goal of inspiring and educating the next generation of classical music lovers and performers. The Young Scholars Program is the longest running initiative of the Foundation and has been in place since the launch in 2008. Lang Lang personally selects talented young pianists from around the world and offers them mentor-ship, tutelage, and unique opportunities for performance.
A key component of the Young Scholars program is called, “playing it forward.” The Foundation creates a platform for these young pianists to give back to their communities by performing for their same age peers through Lang Lang & Friends concerts which are designed to build an appreciation of classical music for a young audience. This charitable component of the program supports the Foundation’s mission of bringing classical music to more children and at the same time, supports our Young Scholars in providing engaging performances to a young audience in their local communities. The Young Scholars will also inspire their peers and give back by participating in the delivery of key components of the Lang Lang Foundation’s Music Education program, Lang Lang’s Keys of Inspiration.
As the program grows, opportunities for real cultural exchange are being implemented by bringing the Young Scholars together in international meetings of musical minds. The Foundation operates with the conviction that music is a universal language, and that the power of music can bring people together, across cultural and national divides, and it can bring messages of inspiration, tolerance, and acceptance to a global audience.
Lang Lang International Music Foundation selects a limited number of exceptionally talented young pianists up to 14 years of age to participate in its Young Scholars Program for a two year term.