The Young Scholars program is a music education initiative designed to identify and support talented young pianists in their professional development, and in the delivery of live performances.
The Young Scholars Program has been in place since the Foundation’s launch in 2008, making it our longest running initiative. Applications are accepted every two years. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang personally selects a limited number of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world, offering them mentorship, tutelage, and unique opportunities for performance. In order to be considered, Scholars must be no more than 16 years of age at the time of their application.
A key component of the Young Scholars program, “Playing it Forward”, provides a platform for Young Scholars to give back to their communities by participating in the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s™ Music Education programs, Keys of Inspiration™ and Play It Forward.™. “Playing it Forward” features our scholars as guest performers at local schools, hospitals, museums and more. During their two-year scholarship, opportunities for real cultural exchange are implemented by bringing the Young Scholars together in international meetings of musical minds. Scholars travel for exciting learning and performance opportunities such as Summer Music Summit in Chicago, IL, Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival and Summer Academy in UK, and Lang Lang & Friends concerts.
The Foundation operates with the conviction that music is a universal language. We believe that the power of music can unite people across cultural and national divides, bringing messages of inspiration, tolerance, and acceptance to a global audience.