GRAMMY-nominated classical pianist and GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang will participate in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series on Jan. 22 at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles. Moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, the event will feature an intimate discussion and special performance from Lang Lang just days before he is set to perform on the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online beginning Jan. 21.
A native of Shenyang, China, Lang Lang began taking piano lessons at age 3. In 1991, when he was 9 years old, Lang Lang relocated with his father to Beijing where he studied at the Central Music Conservatory under the guidance of Professor Zhao Ping-Guo. In 1993 he won the Beijing-based Xing Hai Cup Piano Competition and the following year won first-place at the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany. Four years later at age 15 he began studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with American classical pianist Gary Graffman.
Lang Lang's repertoire has included traditional and contemporary Chinese works, along with Western works by composers including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky, among others. He has released six albums to peak at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums chart, including Memory (2006) The Magic Of Lang Lang (2008) and Liszt: My Piano Hero (2011). In 2008 Lang Lang performed at the Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing. He earned his first GRAMMY nomination in 2007 for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra) for Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4.