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Play It Forward®

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Let's play it forward!

The Lang Lang International Music Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that music provides inspiration and comfort to all.

Play It Forward® is a community service initiative for our Young Scholars, in which we bring classical music performances to schools, retirement homes, and community centers across the country. Through Play It Forward®, our Scholars have an opportunity to give back and utilize their talents beyond the concert stage, sharing the gift of music with those in need.

Play It Forward® – Virtual Concert Series

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, LLIMF has adapted Play It Forward® to the virtual space with a weekly concert series to connect and inspire audiences across the globe. Our goal is to create an outlet to celebrate the beauty of life and inspire hope by bringing world-class performances straight into your home.

This weekly concert series not only offers you the opportunity to witness extraordinary performances by some of the most talented young musicians in the US, but also, experience the healing effect that music can have on your well-being.

Every Friday at 12:00 PM EST, LLIMF will release a new virtual performance on IGTV. At 12:30 PM EST, there will be a Live Q&A session on LLIMF’s Instagram Live with the artist!

Follow LLIMF on Instagram to tune into the Play It Forward: Virtual Concert Series!

Previous Concerts

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Barry Stephenson

Barry Stephenson

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Mar Valor

Mar Valor

 

Mar Valor Navarro was born in Valencia in 2000. She studied piano at the Conservatorio Municipal José Iturbi with Juan Lago, where she graduated in July 2016 and was awarded with the “Best academic record prize” and the Piano and Chamber Music Honor Awards.

After two years under the guidance of Professor Ana Guijarro in Madrid, she moved to Cologne, where she is currently studying with Professor Claudio Martínez-Mehner. She has had the opportunity to work with important pianists, such as Lang Lang, Andreas Staier, Paul Badura-Skoda, Edith Fischer, José Ramón Méndez, Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, Joaquín Soriano, Pascal Rogé, Nina Tichman or Josu de Solaun.

Mar was awarded the first prize in the piano solo category in 2014 and in 2017 in the competition Jugend Musiziert in Germany. Additionally, she has been awarded prizes in numerous national and international competitions, not only as a piano soloist but also in different categories, such as piano four hands, piano-violin duo or early music (as a harpsichordist). She was the only European among the less than 50 selected pianists to take part in the “8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians” in Moscow.

Since her first solo piano recital for the Euterpe Foundation in 2014 in León, Spain, she has given many concerts in important concert halls throughout Europe. Mar has also performed as a soloist with orchestras, interpreting Mozart’s 21st and 23rd concertos, as well as concertos by Beethoven, Chopin and Grieg.

Her education has been supported and sponsored by Loewe-Hazen, the Lang Lang Foundation, the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the “Fundación Iturbi”, while the Bachelor of Music degree she is currently pursuing in the “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln” is funded by the German Academic Exchange System.

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