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Inducted 2009, Music, Van Faves
Lang Lang was born on June 14, 1982 in Shenyang in Liaoning
Province, China.When only two years old, Lang Lang saw Tom
playing piano in a Tom and Jerry cartoon on TV (Tom was attempting
the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor composed by
Franz Liszt). According to Lang, this first contact with Western music
motivated him to learn piano. He began lessons at three and at five
he won the Shenyang Piano Competition and performed his first
public recital.

Lang attended the Beijing Central Conservatory, and In1993,
Lang won the Xing Hai Cup Piano Competition in Beijing. He was
awarded first prize for outstanding artistic performance at the Fourth
International Young Pianists Competition in Germany the next year.
In 1995, at 13, he played the Op.10 and Op. 25 Chopin Etudes,
at Beijing Concert Hall and won first place at the Tchaikovsky
International Young Musicians' Competition in Japan, playing with
the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert broadcast by NHK
Television. At 14 he was a featured soloist at the China National
Symphony's inaugural concert. The following year he began studies
at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Lang Lang has inspired over 35 million Chinese children to learn
classical piano - a phenomenon named by The Today Show as "the
Lang Lang effect." In 2001 he made his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut
and travelled to Beijing with the Philadelphia Orchestra on a tour
celebrating its 100th anniversary, where he performed to an audience
of 8,000 at the Great Hall of the People. He made an acclaimed
BBC Proms debut, prompting a music critic of the British newspaper
The Times to write, "Lang Lang took a sold-out Royal Albert Hall by
storm... This could well be history in the making". Lang Lang records
exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, and every CD he has made
has entered the top classical charts as well as many pop charts
around the globe.

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