February 1, 2010

Lang Lang International Music Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Cari Hills as its first Executive Director. Cari brings a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector including work at the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and at Newman’s Own Foundation, the enterprise that Paul Newman started in 1982. Prior to her entry into the nonprofit sector, Cari worked in corporate sector for Accenture and JPMorgan Chase. She holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University. Cari is inspired by Lang Lang’s passion and commitment to his Foundation and looks forward to helping him deliver inspirational philanthropy programs to children around the world.

September 22, 2009

One of the Lang Lang Foundation scholars, Matthias Hegeman (11) has received the Ruhr Award 2008 for his "outstanding talent and achievement". The jury recognized his tenacity and determination in pursuing his artistic goals. Matthias has decided to use the funds, provided by Sparkasse, one of the largest German banks, towards the purchase of a Steinway piano. Click here to read the related article (in German).

September 21, 2009

On September 21 Lang Lang joined a UNICEF campaign to raise awareness of children suffering from AIDS around the world. On stage at the Mediage complex in Odaiba, Tokyo, Lang Lang talked with TV presenter Masai Maya about his experiences with Children afflicted by HIV/AIDS during his visit to Tanzania. As the youngest ever Good Will Ambassador to UNICEF, Lang Lang has undertaken activities across the globe, including a previous concert for UNICEF in Tokyo in 2005.

After talking briefly about his future activities for UNICEF in South Africa next year, Lang Lang played a short recital. With concerts in Japan sold out, this offered a rare opportunity for the general public to witness Lang Lang's performance, which was greeted by a rapturous applause. Click here to see photos.

April 15, 2009

On April 15 the first ever Internet-based YouTube Symphony Orchestra consisting of young musicians from all over the world will debut under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas on the stage of Carnegie Hall. This unprecedented concert also featured a special performance of the three US-based scholars of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation: Anna Larsen. They have played the notoriously difficult Rachmaninov Waltz for 6 Hands. According to Associated Press:

The show was nearly stolen by three youngsters mentored by the pianist Lang Lang - 8-year-old Charlie Liu of Plainsboro Township, N.J.; Anna Larsen, also 8, and fellow Boston resident Derek Wang, 10. They plopped down on a bench and played a six-hand waltz by Rachmaninoff without a hitch, then took their bows to the audience's delight. Read the whole article.

March 30, 2009

Lang Lang Foundation launch in Europe:
On March 30 the Lang Lang International Music Foundation was launched in Europe with a free children's concert in Hamburg, Germany. Two young piano students, who have been chosen by Lang Lang to receive support from the Foundation in the current year, performed alongside him in front of 500 school kids. Cynthia Maya Bal (9 years old) from Stuttgart and Matthias Hegemann (11 years old) from Muehlheim received scholarships towards their piano studies. The Montblanc Cultural Foundation has generously provided 10,000 EUR in scholarship funds. Please click here to view photos from the event and read the reviews (in German).

March 2, 2009

On March 2 Lang Lang taught a master class to two of the first Foundation scholars in Boston, where he gave a brilliant recital the night before at the invitation of the Celebrity Series. Derek Wang and Anna Larsen met with Lang Lang at the Steinert showroom and worked on Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11, Moszkowski Etude No. 6 and the 3rd movement of Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23. Lang Lang was very pleased to discover that Anna and Derek have improved a lot since the last time they performed together during the children's concert at the New York's Town Hall in October 2008. Click here to read the full story and get a glimpse of the class.

November 18, 2008

The Lang Lang Foundation has partnered with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Mellon University on Lang Lang's master class for piano students. Rishi Mirchandani (CMU pre-college), Jimmy Liu (Carnegie Melon) and Xiaoyuan Huang (Duquesne University) and many young musicians from Pittsburgh participated live but you too can learn from experience by listening on the master class. Click here to watch the video.

October 20, 2008

The Lang Lang Foundation has been launched with a free concert for the New York City school children at the Town Hall. The concert will feature performances by Lang Lang as well as the first three very talented young pianists supported by the Foundation.
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January 25, 2010

Lang Lang, Maestro Christian Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra are launching their North-American tour with a concert to benefit UNICEF’s relief efforts for the children of Haiti on March 21, 2010. For more information on the concert, click here.

June 18, 2009

The Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Inc. has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity and granted the status of a non-profit organization (501 (c) (3)). This is a crucial step in the development of the Foundation as it allows us to develop our Board of Directors, accept donations and take our programs to the next level. If you wish to support the Foundation, please send us an email at support@thelanglangfoundation.org to discuss the ways in which your donation could make a strong impact in the development of the Foundation and its programs.

April 16-29, 2009

During his 10-day residency with the London Symphony Orchestra Lang Lang has carved out some time to participate in various educational activities and to inspire Britain's young classical music fans and future stars. On Saturday, April 18 he gave an unprecented workshop for 100 piano players. Participating in the workshop were children and adults of all ages - ranging from grade 2 to professional standard players - and who came from all across the UK, including London, Kent, the West Midlands, Teesside and Northern Ireland to play alongside and learn from the world-star. Furthermore, Lang Lang gave a sneak peak into his upcoming project - a world-tour partnership with world-renowned Jazz Pianist Herbie Hancock, which is surely not one to be missed! On April 24 Lang Lang spoke with fans in a vitural Q&A.; Click here to get all the details.

In preparation for the event Lang Lang's teacher and a LLIMF Artistic Advisor Gary Graffman tutored Charlie, Anna and Derek in creating a real ensemble and drawing out all the colors and textures of the piece. This was a fantastic example of the Foundation's work in creating opportunities for young talent to develop and shine.

The Lang Lang Foundation is very grateful to Google/YouTube for donating a portion of the proceeds from the Carnegie Hall concert to support the Foundation's educational programs. Click here to see photos.

March 22, 2009

Lang Lang celebrated the 60th anniversary of the UNICEF Greeting Cards project, one of the oldest and most popular fundraising initiatives of UNICEF. Lang Lang is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and he gave a personal gift to this esteemed organization and everyone who benefits from its support: an enchanting performance of Franz Liszt's Liebestraum, which will become the new theme tune of the greeting cards initiative. Together with German media stars Lang Lang spoke about the importance of supporting this project and helped raise awareness of the causes promoted by UNICEF through this project. Click here to watch the videos (in German) from the event hosted by the leading German publishing house Burda. Click here to buy UNICEF greeting cards.

December 2-9, 2008

The highlights of Lang Lang's residency with the San Francisco Symphony were his educational events. These events included masterclasses at the School of the Arts and the Sherman Clay piano store, an after-school assembly for student at the Gordon Lau Elementary School and a lecture-recital in Davies Hall for high school music students. Click here or here for coverage of these events! Also, please be sure to watch the video with the hightlights of Lang Lang's educational activities in San Francisco.

October 20, 2008

Lang Lang is appointed Ambassador of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). This special partnership is designed to expose more children to classical music worldwide.