Born in China, Lang Lang, is an internationally known pianist who has performed throughout Europe, China, and the United States. He says that his first inspiration to become a pianist was an episode of Tom and Jerry, “The Cat Concerto,” that he saw when he was only 2 years old. At 15, with multiple awards already under his belt, Lang Lang began studying piano under Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Lang Lang has received much critical acclaim throughout his career, and he has played in prestigious events including a concert at the 2014 World Cup and the 56th and 57th Grammy Awards. In 2008, Lang Lang published an autobiography titled Journey of a Thousand Miles, which has been published in 11 languages; he also adapted it for younger readers under the title Playing with Flying Keys.