Meet China's Lang Lang: Olympian piano man
Critics adore him, and his spiked hair and boyish charm make girls squeal. He even has his very own Adidas shoe.
No, he's not in a boy band, nor is he famed for dunking a ball. Lang Lang is a 26-year-old classical pianist who tickles both ivories and eardrums with formidable skill.
Audiences worldwide should be able to catch a glimpse of his talent next week at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he is widely expected to take the stage at the opening ceremonies. The performance there would cap off a string of gigs that includes shows in Hamburg with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and in Central Park with the New York Philharmonic.