The day after his concert at Ravinia in Chicago, superstar pianist Lang Lang will donate his time to deliver a free public event for children with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.
Lang Lang will perform alongside three Young Scholars of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in a special concert designed to inspire and educate the next generation of classical music lovers, performers and life-long listeners. Performances by Young Scholars Anna Larsen, Charlie Liu and Derek Wang will feature works by Chopin, Bach and an original composition by Larsen.
Lang Lang will be joined by Ravinia President & CEO Welz Kauffman, who will moderate a Q&A session. As part of the discussion, Lang Lang will tell the story of how he fell in love with classical music after watching Tom & Jerry’s The Cat Concerto, and a clip from the video will be shown. The event concludes with a solo piano demonstration by Lang Lang.
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 fondly recalls a concert in which he performed with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. "Classical musicians sometimes get a little bit resistant with improvisation," says Lang Lang. "And then Herbie opens me up and totally changed my view of playing, playing those real improvisation styles."