Performance Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | 8 PM

Lang Lang

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“With his charismatic stage presence, passionate playing, and astounding technique, it was easy to see why [Lang Lang] has garnered a large following” (The New York Times). Dynamic, virtuosic playing has led this superstar to sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city around the globe, including captivating concerts here at Carnegie Hall. Don’t miss “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” (The New York Times) when he returns for what will undoubtedly be a highlight of the season.


  • Lang Lang, Piano


  • MOZART Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283
  • MOZART Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, K. 282
  • MOZART Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

  • Encores:
  • M. PONCE Intermezzo
  • TRAD. (Chinese) "Spring Festival Overture" (arr. Yibo Yang)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Lang Lang

    If one word applies to Lang Lang-to the musician, to the man, to his worldview, to those who come into contact with him-it is inspiration. It resounds like a musical motif through his life and career. He inspires millions with open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages, such as the 56th Grammy Awards, the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Last Night of the Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall, or the Liszt 200th-birthday concert that was broadcast live to more than 500 cinemas around the US and Europe. He forms 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. Thanks to his Sony ambassadorship, he brought Prokofiev's Seventh Piano Sonata to the soundtrack of the multimillion-selling computer game Gran Turismo 5 and 6. He builds cultural bridges between the East and West, frequently introducing Chinese music to Western audiences, and vice versa.

    Yet he never forgets what first inspired and continues to inspire him: great artists, and above all the great composers whose music he now delights in bringing to others. The famous old Tom and Jerry cartoon "The Cat Concerto" introduced him as a child to the music of Liszt, and that childlike excitement at the discovery of music stays with him and propels him to what he calls "his second career": bringing music into the lives of children around the world, both through his work on global education as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and through his own Lang Lang International Music Foundation. As he inspires, he is inspired; as he is inspired, he inspires others.  

    TIME magazine named Lang Lang in its TIME 100 list, citing him as a symbol of the youth of China and its future. Lang Lang is cultural ambassador for Shenzhen and Shenyang. And if China's passion for piano isn't solely due to him, he has played no small part as a role model-a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as the "Lang Lang effect." Steinway & Songs-for the first time-named a piano model after an artist when they introduced the Lang Lang Piano to China, specially designed for education.

    Lang Lang has been featured on every major TV network and in magazines worldwide. He has performed for international dignitaries, including the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, four US presidents, President Koehler of Germany, Russian President Putin, and presidents Sarkozy and Hollande of France. He was honored to perform recently for President Obama and former President Hu Jintao of China at the White House State Dinner, as well as at the Diamond Jubilee celebratory concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

    Honors include being added as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, as well as receiving honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, the highest prize awarded by China's Ministry of Culture, Germany's Order of Merit, and France's medal of the Order of Arts and Letters. Visit for more information.

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At a Glance

In this program of Mozart and Chopin, Lang Lang shows us the Classical era merging into Romanticism, concluding with the full flowering of Romantic pianism.

Inheriting a light genre intended to be improvised at aristocratic parties, Mozart elevated the piano sonata so that it could begin to take its place among the most serious musical forms. We hear two of his early sonatas, which show him still under the influence of Haydn, the other important 18th-century innovator of the piano sonata. With the extraordinary K. 310 Piano Sonata in A Minor of 1778, however, we encounter one of his greatest and most original piano sonatas: a daring, passionate work that points the way to the Romantic style of Chopin and Schubert.

Chopin was the consummate composer for the piano in the Romantic era, and his four ballades are often regarded as his finest achievement. Not written as a set but composed over the period of a decade, they show his maturing mastery of the keyboard, culminating in the superb Fourth Ballade. Their narrative style has suggested hidden extra-musical programs, as Chopin himself hinted to Robert Schumann when he dedicated the Second Ballade to him.
Program Notes
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