September 20, 2013
World-renowned pianist Lang Lang will be kicking off the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Gala with a live recital at the Roy Thomson Hall on September 21.
Born in Shenyang, China in 1982, Lang Lang has been playing the piano since he was two. At the age of nine, he entered Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, and two years later won the Xing Hai Cup Piano Competition, and a year after that the first prize for outstanding artistic performance at the fourth International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany, among various other awards throughout the years.
Lang Lang has performed with several orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and many of the best American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
He was called by the Chicago Tribune “the biggest, most exciting young keyboard talent,” and “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times.
His shows in cities all around the world are constantly selling out, and at the age of 31, he has already performed at venues many pianists only dream of playing at, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. He has also performed at many highly-esteemed world events and ceremonies, including the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for US President Barack Obama, as well as the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.
Needless to say, it would be a great privilege and honour to see and hear this one-man musical phenomenon live in Toronto, so buy your ticket as soon as you can, because the show is already selling out.