Lang Lang is a pianist from Shenyang, China. At the age of five he won the Shenyang Piano Competition and played his first public recital. At 14 he was a featured soloist at the China National Symphony’s inaugural concert. The following year he began studies with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
In 1999, when he was 17, Lang was the last-minute substitute for an indisposed André Watts at the Ravinia Festival’s “Gala of the Century”, in which he played Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2001 he made his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut with Yuri Temirkanov, travelled to Beijing with the Philadelphia Orchestra on a tour celebrating its 100th anniversary, and made an acclaimed BBC Proms debut.
Lang Lang has performed with many of the major orchestras of the world, as well as many of the world’s leading conductors. In the summer of 2002, he became the first recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, in recognition of his distinguished musical talent.