Royal Albert Hall presents Lang Lang's first complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in London, 20, 21 and 23 March 2012
4 November, 2010
Royal Albert Hall presents:
Lang Lang's first complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in London – 20, 21 and 23 March 2012
Heralded as the ‘hottest artist on the classical music planet’ by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang’s career has seen him play sold out recitals and concerts in every
major city in the world.
Following his sold-out in-the-round performance at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year,
Lang Lang returns to the Hall in March 2012 to perform his complete Beethoven Piano
Concerto cycle for the first time ever in London. He will be joined by the acclaimed
conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Tuesday 20 March 2012, 7.45pm
Beethoven – Overture, Namensfeier, Op. 115
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4
Wednesday 21 March 2012, 7.45pm
Beethoven – Overture, Leonore No. 2, Op. 72a
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3
Friday 23 March 2012, 7.45pm
Beethoven – Overture, King Stephen
Beethoven – Symphony No. 4
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Lang Lang’s Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle is presented by the Royal Albert Hall as
part of the Hall’s growing commitment to promote more events itself. Jasper Hope, Chief
Operating Officer at the Hall, commented “The Royal Albert Hall is excited to be
developing its programme of events by hosting more of our own promotions, both in the
main auditorium and increasingly in our Elgar Room and other spaces. These concerts
will form an important part of the Hall’s 2012 programme and we are delighted to be
welcoming such a talented artist back to the Hall.”
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Lang Lang – Beethoven Concerto Cycle at the Royal Albert Hall
with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Tuesday 20 March, Wednesday 21 March and Friday 23 March 2012, 7.45pm
Tickets: £10 - £67.50 (plus booking fee) - on sale Friday 5 November 2010
Box Office: 0845 401 5005 or book online at www.royalalberthall.com
Lang Lang began playing piano at the age of 3 and by the age of 5 he had won the
Shenyang competition and given his first public recital. Entering Beijing’s Central Music
Conservatory at age 9, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young
Musicians Competition and played the complete 24 Chopin Études at the Beijing
Concert Hall at age 13. Lang Lang’s break into stardom came at age 17 when he was
called upon for a dramatic last-minute substitution at the ‘Gala of the Century’ with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Following this gigantic debut, he has performed successful concerts around the world. In
2008 over 5 billion people viewed his performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the
Games of the XXIX Olympiad and the following year he was named as one of Time
Magazine’s 100 most influential people.
For further information, visit www.langlang.com
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts
over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere
combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.
Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences,
and a registered charity operating without public funding, it remains true to his founding
ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with over 120 events outside the
auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still
engaging its existing customers.
In 2009, the Hall renovated the Elgar Room as a state-of-the-art performance space and
restaurant which now hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music,
comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. It
also works extensively with schools and young people through its Learning and
Participation programme, reaching over 30,000 participants each year.
For more information, please visit www.royalalberthall.com
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra
The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Acknowledged as the
UK’s foremost musical pioneer, with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia
leads the field for its quality of playing and for its innovative approach to audience
development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching
a global audience. Together with its relationships with the world’s most sought-after
artists, most importantly its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen,
the Philharmonia Orchestra is at the heart of British musical life.
Salonen has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia
Orchestra since 2008, having been Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Orchestra from 2002-9. He opened the Philharmonia’s 2010/11 season with a semistaged
production of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, with artistic collaborator Peter
Sellars and video art by Bill Viola. In January 2011, the Philharmonia will launch
Salonen’s year-long, pan-European exploration of the music and influences of Bartók
– Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók – featuring orchestral concerts,
chamber music and significant digital resources.
For further information, visit www.philharmonia.co.uk