Lang Lang is looking bring a new way of piano teaching to children.
Sited as the Worlds “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, Lang Lang has been playing sold out recitals and concerts in every City in the World and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras. Testimony to his success, Lang Lang appeared in the 2009 Time 100: Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Over four billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as “the Lang Lang effect.”
Lang Lang is also on a mission to bring a new way of piano teaching to children. In 2008, he set up the Lang Lang International Music Foundation as a way to capture the potential that he sees in music to positively transform lives and provide inspiration to kids around the world in a meaningful and sustainable way.
The ‘101 Pianists’ programme is just one of the many activities that the Foundation runs each year. One hundred piano students between the ages of 6 and 16 participate in a master class with Lang Lang (who is pianist number 101) where they experience the audition process, engage in intense practice leading up to the event, and learn technical skills during the workshop. The event concludes in a live performance that builds confidence and skills for future performances.
With two students to a piano, each event requires the installation of 50 Roland pianos on a single stage. Most recently, Roland has supplied 50 of their F-130R digital pianos for events in Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw) Hong Kong (Cultural Centre) and Paris (Philharmonie de Paris). Launched in the summer of 2014, the F-130R perfectly meets the requirement for an authentic sound and feel in a compact cabinet.Participating students always have the opportunity to purchase the piano that they played on, which is supplied with a certificate of authenticity signed by Lang Lang.