Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholar Applications Now Open
Grammy-nominated, internationally-renowned pianist Lang Lang has been supporting children through music for over a decade. In support of those efforts, the Lang Lang International Music Foundation is accepting applications for its Young Scholars Program, a music education initiative designed to identify and support talented young pianists in their professional development.
Lang Lang International Music Foundation on the lookout for new scholars
The foundation, founded by Lang Lang back in 2008, is currently accepting applications for their Young Scholars Programme. The Young Scholars programme is a music education initiative designed to identify and support talented young pianists in their professional development. Every two years, Lang Lang and his teacher Gary Graffman, select a limited number of exceptionally talented young pianists from the United States to join the programme. The selected scholars receive mentorship, tutelage, unique performance opportunities, and become part of the Lang Lang Young Scholars Network.
“Friday, September 20, 2019. A beautiful almost-Autumn day, yesterday in New York, with temps in the low 70s by midday and into the mid-50s at night.
Circling back. Still looking over this past week’s calendar, this past Monday night, Friends of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation gathered in one of the towers high above Manhattan at the home of their long-time supporter, Silas Chou. The gathering was two-fold — to present the work and achievements of the Foundation, and to celebrate the recent marriage of their founder, Lang Lang, to Gina Alice who were married in a ceremony awash with orchids on June 2nd in Paris, followed by a star-studded reception at the Palace of Versailles….”
Today music education is a topic of enormous concern. Cutbacks in funding, changes in curricula and a fundamental under-estimation of the arts’ role in young people’s development have pushed opportunities to learn music out of many families’ reach. Now it is falling to musicians themselves to change matters for the better. Among a number of highly successful artists who use their popularity to promote music education, the Chinese superstar Lang Lang is leading the charge with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.
On Saturday, August 24, at a private home in Southampton, Lang Lang International Music Foundation held its second annual “Young Scholars Concert,” hosted by Christopher Burch. Lang Lang International chooses and mentors young people with extraordinary potential as musicians. Performing this year were Chelsea Guo, Maxim Lando, and Clayton Stephenson, who performed works by Gershwin, Mozart, Liszt, Schubert, Khachaturian, and Moszkowski.
Check out this FOX5NY news story on our Newark Keys of Inspiration Conference! We brought teachers from around the country to learn about the importance of music education and how to use both the Roland keyboards and group piano teaching methods in their schools!
The New York Times’ Michael Cooper analyzed Lang Lang’s piano career and talked with him about his new approach to music after being injured in 2017. Cooper and Lang Lang discuss his new album, “Piano Book”, his health, and career choices in this fascinating article on his recovery.
The Lang Lang International Music Foundation will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an Oct 10 benefit gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York.
World-renowned pianist Lang Lang will lead a performance featuring the foundation’s Young Scholars during the gala.
Golden Globe-winning actor Alec Baldwin will host the event, which also will feature internationally acclaimed tenor Roberto Alagna, 12-time Grammy Award nominee Ledisi and three-time Grammy Award-winner Wyclef Jean.
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