Born in 1982 in Shenyang, Lang Lang began piano lessons at the age of 3 with Prof. Zhu Ya-Fen. At the age of 5 he won the Shenyang Piano Competition and played his first public recital. He entered Beijing's Central Music Conservatory when he was only 9, studying with Prof. Zhao Ping-Guo.
At the age of 11, he won the first prize and award for outstanding artistic performance at the Fourth International Young Pianists Competition in Germany. In 1995, only 13 years of age, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition in Japan. At 14 he was a featured soloist at the China National Symphony's inaugural concert. The following year he began studies with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
In 1999 he replaced the indisposed Andrיּ Watts at the Ravinia Festival's Gala of the Century, playing with the Chicago Symphony. Since then he has appeared with the world's major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philhamonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and many others, under the baton of the most prominent conductors. He has also given recitals worldwide.
In 2002, in recognition of his distinguished musical talent, he became the first recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. As a Steinway artist, he has received the first-ever Gold Medallion on the occasion of the company's 150th anniversary. In 2004 Lang Lang, a resident of Philadelphia, won the Pennsylvania Governor's Artist of the Year Award. He has recently been appointed by UNICEF their newest and youngest international Goodwill Ambassador and in this role he will garner support and raise funds for the survival and well-being of under-privileged children all over the world.