I first met Tan at a New Year's Eve party nine years ago in New York. I performed and recorded his Eight Memories in Watercolor piano pieces, which are musical impressions of his home in Hunan, and we worked together on revising the score.
Over five billion people saw him playing at the opening of the Beijing Olympics; as pianist Lang Lang steps up to this year's LSO 'UBS Soundscapes' portrait, numbers will be decidedly more intimate.
If you are a fan of the fleet-fingered and nattily dressed pianist Lang Lang, you won't want to miss his extended stay in London from 18 to 26 April, part of the continuing UBS Soundscapes project with the London Symphony Orchestra.
His name might mean “very brilliant”, but the Chinese pianist Lang Lang was not going to survive at Emirates Palace on his reputation and presumptuous moniker alone.
Backed by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra and the Mumbai-born conductor Zubin Mehta for a vigorous rendition of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No2 in F Minor, the 26-year-old gave a virtuoso performance, as well as an accomplished display of showmanship.
The Celebrity Series of Boston lived up to its name in presenting a Symphony Hall recital by Lang Lang. While the 26-year-old Chinese pianist is well-known for more than simply, in Daniel Boorstin's famous formulation, his well-knownness, the cultivation of celebrity is a large and unapologetic part of Lang's career: His program biography gives his recordings and his signature Adidas sneakers equal billing. But much of Sunday's program made celebrity conspicuous by its absence, using the latitude of virtuoso fame to traverse more cerebral repertoire.
The London Symphony Orchestra will have Lang Lang under their roof for an entire week in April to engage in a range of activities to show more sides of the remarkable keyboard virtuoso.
The internationally-renowened musician, perhaps the most recognized of any classical artist, is certain to boost sales in any symphony's season brochure.
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Chinese pianist Lang Lang is one of the most recognized and in-demand classical musicians in the world today. His concerts are usually sold out, and his latest one at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Saturday night was no exception.
2008 was a great year for Gil Shaham, for Leila Josefowicz, for Gustavo Dudamel. The NY Phil went to North Korea, Valery Gergiev supported the Russian Army, Leonard Bernstein has had a big revival year in New York.
A perfect weekend would be at home in Beijing, but these are very, very rare. It's rare even for me to be in Beijing as I also have a home in New York and tour a lot. But I like being here best, though I didn't when I was a kid. It was a very closed society then, so suspicious of everything from the West, but it has totally changed. It's as though its mind has been opened.