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Lang Lang

Media Release Thursday 13th march 2014

The 'hottest artist on the classical music planet' Lang Lang to perform sold-out concert at the National Concert Hall

On Saturday 19 April, the National Concert Hall welcomes superstar pianist Lang Lang to perform a sold-out recital as part of the National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series.

For this eagerly anticipated recital sponsored by Allianz, Lang Lang will play a selection of Mozart Piano Sonatas and Chopin Ballades for Irish audiences.

He’s been described by The New York Times as the ‘hottest artist the classical music planet’ and has played sold- out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. He is also the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

“We are really excited to have Lang Lang perform in our National Concert Hall.  As an Allianz brand ambassador, Lang Lang brings his infectious joy for music to Irish audiences, young and old, and having him perform in Dublin is one of the highlights of the our global programme,” said Brendan Murphy, CEO of Allianz Ireland. “Lang Lang and Allianz are committed to a dedicated youth programme, designed to inspire the next generation of classical musicians and in doing so, encourage music performance as a means of social development.  With his passion in bringing classical music to the world, Lang Lang continues to amaze and inspire.  His sold-out performance in Dublin is testament to both his commitment and popularity”.

In an age where pop and rock stars dominate with sell-out concerts and devoted fan bases, Lang Lang has proven there’s equal demand for classical music. 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". He brought Prokofiev's 7th Piano Sonata to the soundtrack of the multi-million- selling computer game Gran Turismo 5 and this year performed at the Grammy Awards with Metallica.  As well as collaborating with artists outside of Classical music such as dubstep dancer Marquese Scott and Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, he has formed musical partnerships with some of the world’s greatest artists from conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and Christoph Eschenbach.

Lang Lang’s influence doesn’t stop there. In 2008, over four billion people view 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 and just last year he was appointed a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations by the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. He was also featured in Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Lang Lang performs as part of the National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2013/2014, supported The Irish Times. This concert is sponsored by Allianz.

Notes to editor: For more information or requests for interviews, please contact Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager for the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057 or 087 1775334 or email Sinead.doyle@nch.ie

Concert Details
Lang Lang at the National Concert Hall
Saturday 19 April 2014, 8pm

Programme:
Mozart Piano Sonata no. 5 in G major, KV 283
Mozart Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, KV 282
Mozart Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, KV 310
Chopin Ballade No. 1, Op. 23 in G minor
Chopin Ballade No. 2, Op. 38 in F major
Chopin Ballade No. 3, Op. 47 in A flat
Chopin Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 in F minor

Tickets: €45-€85 SOLD OUT / RETURNS ONLY
Box Office: +353 1417 0000 or www.nch.ie