Chinese piano virtuoso Lang named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Hailed around the world as perhaps the most exciting keyboard talent to come along in years, Chinese pianist Lang Lang today joined the ranks of Goodwill Ambassadors who travel the world advocating human rights and a better life on behalf of youngsters and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Lang Lang joins the UN agency's roster of current international Goodwill Ambassadors which also includes Shakira, Richard Attenborough, Roger Moore, Vanessa Redgrave, Harry Belafonte, Jessica Lange, Whoopi Goldberg, Leon Lai, Mia Farrow and Youssou N'Dour.
Celebrating Lang Lang's appointment, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy presented the Steinway Peace Piano, created by Steinway & Sons to benefit UNICEF through concerts and advocacy events.
Just 21, Lang Lang is considered to be one of the most exciting pianists of our time. He has played with all the major orchestras in the United States and was the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic.
"We are thrilled that Lang Lang will devote his time and talents to improving the lives of children who live far from the concert halls of the world's capitals," Ms. Bellamy said. "Lang Lang has been an amazing ambassador for classical music, and I have no doubt that he will be an extraordinary ambassador for children as well."