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Lang Lang - Grieghallen, Griegsalen

Lang Lang

Pianist Lang Lang has performed for presidents on three continents and four billion viewers at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing. Experience the superstar pianist at the 2017 Bergen International Festival. 

Lang Lang was born in 1982, and has long been considered one of today’s greatest stars of classical music. He is well-known for his open-hearted, emotive playing, and has played to sold out concerts across the globe. 

His list of merits is as long as it is varied: Lang Lang has performed at the 2014 World Cup concert in Rio, at the 56th and 57th Grammy Awards with Metallica and Pharell Williams and the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He has played with conductor Sir Simon Rattle and on Sesame Street, been included in the “TIME 100”, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and Steinway Pianos has named a piano model after him. Lang Lang is also passionate about bringing music into the lives of children around the world, whether it is through his work with new media or through his work with various organisations, including his own. 

His own first meeting with the world of classical music was a Tom & Jerry cartoon, which introduced him to the music of Liszt. At the Bergen International Festival, one of the works Lang Lang will be performing is Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, often considered to be one of the most difficult works ever written for piano. 

“The hottest artist on the classical music planet may well be the Chinese pianist Lang Lang.”

Lang Lang piano

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918) 
Ballad, L.70

FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)
Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178

- Interval -

ISAAC ALBENIZ (1860–1909) 
From Suite Española, op. 47

1. Granada (Serenada) 
2. Cataluña (Courante) 
3. Sevilla (Sevillanas) 
4. Cádiz (Saeta) 
5. Asturias (Leyenda) 
8. Cuba (Notturno) 

From Goyescas, op. 11

4. Quejas, o La Maja y el ruiseñor
3. El fandango de candil

MANUEL DE FALLA (1876–1946)
Danza ritual del fuego

Supported by Rika AS, represented by Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber, and Trond Mohn

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