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Lang Lang

A classically-trained artist with a cross-cultural oeuvre.

Concert Pianist

World-famous pianist Lang Lang avowedly loves New York — and the city, a magnet for monied Chinese tourists, loves him back. In September, Mayor Bill DeBlasio named Lang, who owns a duplex near Carnegie Hall, the city’s first “cultural tourism ambassador.” The timing is surely strategic; Chinese tourists in the Big Apple numbered a record 950,000 million in 2016, second only to visitors from Great Britain.

The cross-cultural appeal of Lang, whose latest album is titled “New York Rhapsody,” isn’t confined to the five boroughs. In January, he shared the stage with Metallica at a joint concert in Beijing, three years after they performed together at the Grammy Awards. Lang, who trained in Beijing and later Philadelphia, says he sees the piano as a way to connect Eastern and Western cultures.

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