Chi­nese pi­anist Lang Lang holds char­ity gala in New York

Global Times - - Life -

Chi­nese pi­anist Lang Lang raised $1.6 mil­lion for mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in the US and China at a ben­e­fit gala in New York on Wed­nes­day.

The gala, staged at Cipri­ani 25 Broad­way in Lower Man­hat­tan, co­in­cided with the 10th an­niver­sary of the Lang Lang In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Foun­da­tion (LLIMF).

The world-renowned pi­anist led a per­for­mance played by the foun­da­tion’s young schol­ars, while Golden Globe­win­ning ac­tor Alec Bald­win hosted the evening event.

Fur­ther more, fa­mous tenor Roberto Alagna, 12-time Grammy Award nom­i­nee Le­disi and three-time Grammy Award win­ner Wy­clef Jean also gave per­for­mances dur­ing the night.

Founded in 2008 by Lang, the LLIMF strives to ed­u­cate, in­spire and mo­ti­vate the next gen­er­a­tion of mu­sic lovers and per­form­ers in both the US and China.

Over the past 10 years, the foun­da­tion has ben­e­fited chil­dren across the world through var­i­ous mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams such as Keys of In­spi­ra­tion (KOI), 101 Pi­anists, Young Schol­ars and Play It For­ward.

“At LLIMF, we be­lieve that all chil­dren should have ac­cess to mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion, re­gard­less of their back­ground,” Lang said at the event.

“Most stu­dents en­ter the pro­gram with no prior knowl­edge of mu­sic or pi­ano. There have been many stu­dents who be­gan the pro­gram speak­ing no English, but in the KOI class­room, ev­ery­one speaks one lan­guage: mu­sic,” he said.

As of Septem­ber 2018, 40 schools from across the US have en­rolled in the pro­gram, al­low­ing more than 6,000 stu­dents to ben­e­fit from mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

Utiliz­ing a strate­gic ex­pan­sion plan, KOI will reach 30,000 stu­dents in 80 schools by 2020, said Leszek Bar­win­ski-Brown, the CEO of LLIMF.

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