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Lang Lang joins Walk of Fame

By RENA LI in Los Angeles | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-04-11 10:14

Chinese pianist Lang Lang gestures as he unveils his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday. RENA LI / CHINA DAILY

The world-renowned Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang was honored with the 2,778th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, making him the first Asian pianist to receive a star on the iconic sidewalk.

Lang's inclusion on the Walk of Fame places him among a select group of Asian performers, including luminaries such as Anna May Wong, Mako, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, James Hong and Ming-Na Wen.

"We're proud to recognize Lang Lang's outstanding contributions to the world of classical music and celebrate his extraordinary talent with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Steve Nissen, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce expressed pride in welcoming Lang Lang.

"We hope to bring the message of peace and unity through Lang Lang's star on the Walk of Fame forever," Nissen told China Daily.

"From a young boy in Shenyang, China, to this iconic location, one underlying principle has remained constant: his brilliance as a musician," emphasized Dickon Stainer, president and CEO of Global Classics & Jazz.

During the celebration, Lang expressed his gratitude by performing two piano pieces live, one was Chinese folk song Jasmine and the second was Ritual Fire Dance by the Spanish composer Manuel De Falla.

"Music can express the heritage of different cultures. I hope that by receiving this honor today, the mainstream art world in the West can see the artistic talents of our Chinese people. I hope that I can serve as a bridge for cultural exchanges between China and the United States," Lang told China Daily.

As an internationally acclaimed pianist, Lang Lang has achieved unparalleled success in the world of classical music. With millions of albums sold globally, he has consistently topped classical music charts while also gaining mainstream recognition.

Time magazine recognized him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Over the past decade, Lang Lang has graced prestigious stages, performing for esteemed figures such as former US President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and the late Queen Elizabeth II. His sold-out concerts with leading orchestras and conductors have captivated audiences worldwide.

Lang's presence extends beyond the concert hall, as he has also made significant appearances on television. His performances at high-profile events like the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup have been witnessed by millions around the globe. Additionally, he has collaborated with renowned artists such as Metallica, Pharrell Williams and Herbie Hancock at prestigious events like the Grammy Awards.

In April 2020, Lang Lang participated in the One World: Together at Home concert, a global event that united audiences across major television networks and online platforms.

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