World renowned pianist Lang Lang is delighted to perform alongside three of his Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars for students at PS 334 - The Anderson School in New York City to celebrate music education in our nation's public schools.
In 2004, VH1 Save the Music Foundation donated a keyboard lab to restore this school's music program and since then the school has grown its music curriculum to also include a band and orchestra program. Lang Lang is delighted to recognize this program and directly participate in the delivery of music education in schools.
The Lang Lang International Music Foundation is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of classical music lovers and performers. Through the Young Scholars Program Lang Lang personally selects, mentors, and supports up to eight talented young pianists around the world who inspire other kids in their communities through live music performances.
Today, three of our U.S. Young Scholars are delighted to perform at their first New York City public school appearance.
Accomplished classical pianist Lang Lang has performed for world leaders and worked with the world's best orchestras and conductors. He has a keen interest in child development and the important role that music can play in children's lives. In 2004 he was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Mr. Lang helps to bring attention to the problems that inhibit young child survival around the world. He frequently uses his music to raise funds for humanitarian aid in emergencies. He has participated in UNICEF fundraising events in China, Japan and the United States.
Born into a musical family in Shenyang, China, Mr. Lang gave his first public recital at the age of five. He entered Beijing's Central Music Conservatory when he was nine and moved with his father to the United States in 1997 to study at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In April 2001, he made his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut.
In October 2008, he launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to expand young audiences and inspire young musicians through various outreach programs -- and to raise funds for emergency humanitarian assistance.
Classical pianist Lang Lang explains how the Lang Lang International Music Foundation strives to teach an appreciation of classical music to children in public schools. "Many of the public schools don't even have music classes anymore," explains Lang Lang, who emphasizes the importance of learning from the arts at a young age.
Classical pianist Lang Lang traces his desire to start his foundation back to his experience working with UNICEF. He recounts the joy he saw music bring to underprivileged children around the world. "I really believe in a world of synergy, of giving our hearts to people and giving our best to people," says Lang Lang.