(February 11, 2003) -- New York, NY—Deutsche Grammophon announced today the signing of an exclusive five-year contract with the 20-year old, Chinese-born pianist Lang Lang, whose superb artistry, personal charisma and unabashed joy in music-making are winning over audiences, critics - and his fellow musicians - worldwide.
Lang Lang’s first recording for Deutsche Grammophon is scheduled for release in July 2003, and will feature the Tchaikovsky B flat minor and Mendelssohn G minor piano concertos, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Proudly the first Chinese pianist to record with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lang Lang is also scheduled to perform the Mendelssohn Concerto in the opening concert of New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, to be broadcast live by PBS, coinciding with his CD release.
Commenting on the new signing, Christopher Roberts, President, Deutsche Grammophon and Universal Classics & Jazz International said: “Lang Lang is one of classical music’s truly bright young stars. He is a tireless performer of global stature who offers a unique combination of energy, talent, and media savvy. We welcome him to Deutsche Grammophon and Universal.”
Lang Lang, in turn, issued the following statement: “Ever since I was two years old, I grew up listening to Deutsche Grammophon’s great artists and their top-line recordings and have always felt a close emotional connection to this superb label. My lifetime dream has always been to record with the top orchestras and conductors of the world. Today I have the honor of becoming a Deutsche Grammophon artist. I am thrilled to see this dream become a reality and eagerly look forward to working with everyone on these projects. My hope is to share my passion for music with more people, especially of the younger generation, and bring peace and joy to all!”
Lang Lang, whose name means “brilliant” in Chinese, has already captivated the media at large with his unsurpassed talent. The New York Times described his playing as “breathtaking,” “sensational”, and “mind-blowing,” while The Chicago Tribune raved about his “colossal technique,” calling him “the biggest, most exciting young keyboard talent in many a year.” Teen People voted him one of the “Top 20 Teens Who Will Change the World,” and CNN’s “NewsNight With Aaron Brown” recently aired a primetime profile on the young star. Dubbed the “Tiger Woods of classical music” by The New York Post, Lang Lang is already the subject of a best-selling full-length biography in his native China.
Born in 1982 in Shen Yang, China, Lang Lang began his piano studies at the age of three. At nine, he entered the Central Music Conservatory in Beijing and later went on to win first prize at the Second Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition by age thirteen. He has since moved to Philadelphia, where he graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in 2002, while still maintaining strong ties with his audiences in Asia. Most recently, he received the first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award, in honor of his distinguished musical talents. Lang Lang has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors in celebrated halls over the last several years, as well as participated in many prominent international festivals.
Upcoming dates this season include performances with the symphony orchestras of New York, Boston (Tanglewood), Cleveland (Blossom), Chicago (Ravinia), Philadelphia (Saratoga), Pittsburgh, Toronto, BBC Symphony, London and Rotterdam Philharmonics and Tonhalle Orchestra. Lang Lang will also perform recitals throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria, Portugal, England, Spain, France, Italy, China, Korea, Vietnam and chamber music and concerto performances at Aspen and Verbier.