Lang Lang New York Times Project By: Katelyn McGurik, Beth Anne Lamar & Justin Wylie
Background Education Attended Beijing's ‘Central Conservatory’ Struggled with his lessons so much so his piano tutor expelled him for “lack of talent” First exposure to piano -“The Cat Concerto” from the ‘Tom & Jerry’ cartoon
As a Performer Awards/Honors -First Chinese pianist engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic -Vienna Philharmonic - Performed with America’s Top Orchestras Popular Performances -Obama Inauguration -2008 Beijing Olympics Clemson University
Lang Lang’s History with Clemson University -Performed in the Bellamy Brooks Theatre in one of his first tours at seventeen years of age -Playing again at Brooks Center this spring of 2010 for about $60 a ticket.
Giving Back Lang Lang International Music Foundation -Began in 2008 -His mission was to “share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education and outreach programs.” -His currently touring performance “Lang Lang and Friends” features two young boys, Marc Yu and GuoGan, are from the program. Autobiography -Journey of a Thousand Miles -Playing With Flying Keys – targeted for a younger audience
New York Times Review Article: “Pianists of the Age to Put on a Show” -Written by Steve Smith -Published on October 28, 2009 Elements: -Positive Tone -Semi-professional -Ethos -Diction -Description