Lang Lang named global ambassador for Leeds Piano Competition

Superstar pianist ‘honoured’ by role

Lang Lang and Dame Fanny Waterman

Sir David Tang, Dame Fanny Waterman and Lang Lang


Lang Lang is to be global ambassador for the Leeds International Piano Competition.

Dame Fanny Waterman, chairman and artistic director of the competition, awarded the title to Lang Lang in recognition of his contribution to the classical world and the piano.

In a statement she said: ‘Lang Lang has a pair of hands every pianist would envy. He has watched the Leeds International Piano Competition since he was a boy and has been inspired by Leeds prize winners Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia. He has a star quality that no teacher can teach – he makes people listen.’

Following the announcement, Lang Lang said: ‘I don’t think there has been a concert hall around the globe that has not felt the impact of the Leeds International Piano Competition in the great names it has helped on their way. I am truly honoured to be associated with this tradition.’

The competition runs from 29 August to 16 September and Lang Lang will visit the competition on 9 September.  


Katie Morel-Orchard