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Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Lang Lang, piano

Founded in 1986, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, an annual summer festival orchestra, has quickly risen in prominence because of its high artistic outpouring.

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, Lang Lang has played sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

Lang Lang appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as “the Lang Lang effect.” Recognizing Lang Lang’s powerful cultural influence, in 2008, the Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, Lang Lang has been chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

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