Pianist Lang Lang gives nearly $1M for piano education in Philly
by Kirsten A.Graham
“Philadelphia for me is a second home,” he told a rapt audience of second graders at Thomas Holme Elementary School on Friday. “I felt always very emotionally attached to the city of Philadelphia.”The children sat at state-of-the-art keyboards in the school’s brand-new piano lab, made possible by a grant from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. The Chinese musician has invested nearly $1 million in six Philadelphia schools, equipping them with not just the pianos but funds to support them for three years. When he was a teenager, Lang studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he developed both an appreciation for cheesesteaks and hoagies and a sense of frustration that the city’s schools did not all have robust art and music programs. “I felt pretty sad,” said Lang. “Music and art should be part of the regular system.” Lang listened — and played along, enthusiastically — to a group of second graders, who only began to learn piano a few weeks ago. He clapped and cheered for their version of the first few measures of “Ode to Joy.”
Philadelphia Orchestra and two-and-a-half pianists open Carnegie season with mixed American program.
by David Wright
“The original plan had called for two superstar pianists, the classical virtuoso Lang Lang and the esteemed jazzman Chick Corea, to sit at two pianos and trade “takes” on Gershwin’s themes, and maybe shed some light on what’s classical and what’s pop about this fascinating hybrid score.A recent injury to Lang’s left hand, however, necessitated calling in reinforcements, in the person of Maxim Lando, a 14-year-old alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation who already has considerable international experience playing some of the most challenging works in the piano repertoire….”
In the crowded summertime schedule of live musical events at Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, one late August event stands out as a consistent highlight. The supremely gifted young high school age musicians of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Dr. Allan Dennis team up with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Scholars to present programs of excerpts of standard piano concertos……
The Leeds International Piano Competition is very pleased to announce a new partnership with our Global Ambassador, Lang Lang, and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.As part of the partnership, the Competition will welcome three of the Foundation’s Young Scholars to Leeds in 2018 to perform at the prestigious Howard Assembly Room as part of the inaugural Leeds Piano Festival.The partnership promises to further our efforts to inspire the next generation of pianists and music audiences, and extend opportunities both in the UK and worldwide for the very best young pianists to perform and develop their talent.
On Monday, February 6th, Lang Lang visited the High Tech Elementary Explorer Keys of Inspiration piano lab in San Diego, CA. Fifty students spent the afternoon performing and singing with Lang Lang. Students performed original compositions, and well known favortes.
We’re collaborating with Roland, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Temple University’s Office of Community Relations to bring 101 Pianists™ to Philly! Come play in a piano ensemble with Lang Lang’s 101 Pianists™at the Temple Performing Arts Center! Musicians across a range of abilities are invited to join this world-renowned artist onstage in a shared music-making event that will excite and inspire. This event is intended for students in grades K-12.
El pianista chino Lang Lang, estrella mundial de la clásica, vive siempre que puede su pasión barcelonesa. ‘La Vanguardia’ le ha acompañado entre ensayos, negocio y ocio
January 22, 2016: Keys of Inspiration™ Celebrates San Diego Piano Lab
The Unveiling of our first Keys of Inspiration™ Piano Lab in California, at High Tech Elementary Explorer in San Diego. Highlights of the event were a ribbon cutting ceremony, recitals by the young pianists in the classroom, and a performance by Young Scholar Alumni Elliot Wuu.
The Unveiling of our newest Keys of Inspiration™ at PS 13: Roberto Clemente included recitals by the young pianists in the classroom, our Young Scholars Clayton Stephenson and Maxim Lando, and Lang Lang!
October 1, 2015: 101 Pianists, Sonoma
101 Pianists™ at Sonoma State University’s Weill Hall’s Green Music Center Oct. 4: “101 Pianists” educational event and concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Weill Hall + Lawn.
October 19, 2015:
Lang Lang International Music Foundation™ Awarded in Germany
Lang Lang receives the ECHO Award for his work at the Foundation