Back by popular demand: Lang Lang returns to the Royal Albert Hall following sell out 2013 concerts.
10 January, 2014
Royal Albert Hall presents:
Lang Lang In-The-Round: 20 and 22 April 2015
Following his 2013 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall which saw tickets for his second date sell out within 48 hours, a record for a solo recital by any classical musician at the venue in recent times, interest in the classical pianist Lang Lang is at an all-time high. As a result, the venue has announced that Lang Lang will be back next year on April 20 and 22 2015. In an age where pop and rock stars dominate with sell-out concerts and devoted fan bases, Lang Lang’s influence is firmly establishing the crossover appeal classical music can have in popular modern culture and the world famous venue is fast becoming his London home.
Lang Lang has appeared in Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and in 2008, over four billion people viewed his performance in the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. In July 2012 he carried the Olympic torch in London prior to the opening of the 2012 London Games. Last year, he was appointed a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations by the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
His influence has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano - a phenomenon which lead to The Today Show to coin the phrase "the Lang Lang effect" which is evidently as strong as ever.
He has formed enduring musical partnerships with the world's greatest artists, from conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle, to artists from outside of classical music - among them dubstep dancer Marquese "nonstop" Scott and jazz titan Herbie Hancock. He will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards with Metallica as well as a featured performer for the In Memoriam segment for Van Cliburn.
Thanks to his Sony ambassadorship, he brought Prokofiev's 7th Piano Sonata to the soundtrack of the multi-million- selling computer game Gran Turismo 5. He continues to builds cultural bridges between East and West, and frequently introduces Chinese music to Western audiences, and vice versa.
Lang Lang said “I can’t wait to get back to the Royal Albert Hall in 2015, a venue close to my heart. I hope the in-the-round concerts, once again, provide an opportunity for my fans old and new enjoy the thrill of piano playing just as much as I do.”
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said “Over the past five years Lang Lang’s unique and incredible performances in the round at the Hall have become some of the hottest tickets in town – I’m absolutely delighted he’s agreed to return next year and look forward to welcoming him back onto the world’s most famous stage.”
These concerts follow his sold-out Mozart and Chopin solo recitals in 2013 and Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle at the Hall in 2012. They are presented by the Royal Albert Hall as part of the venue’s growing commitment to promote more events itself and provide new and diverse visitor experiences for as wide a range of music lovers as possible. As a charity it looks to provide maximum public benefit and support and contribute to the cultural life of the country for future generations.
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Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall
Monday 20 April 2015, 7.30pm
Wednesday 22 April 2015, 7.30pm
Tickets: £15- £85 (plus booking fee)
Box Office: 020 7589 8212 or book online at www.royalalberthall.com
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM SATURDAY 11TH JANUARY
Lang Lang’s new album with Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle is Out Now.
For further information visit www.langlang.com or www.langlangfoundation.org