Published: 11:15, April 11, 2024
Chinese pianist Lang Lang honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame star
By Xinhua
Chinese pianist Lang Lang makes the heart-gesture on his just-unveiled Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on April 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (PHOTO / AFP)

LOS ANGELES - Chinese pianist Lang Lang was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Wednesday, in the category of live performance.

Lang is the first Asian pianist who has received a star on the iconic sidewalk.

Chinese pianist Lang Lang performs during his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony on April 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (PHOTO / AFP)

"Internationally renowned pianist Lang Lang has sold millions of albums worldwide, topping classical charts and achieving simultaneous mainstream success," said Steve Nissen, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

"One of the most influential classical musicians in the entire world, Lang Lang has over 20 million social media followers," said Nissen, adding that everything the pianist does is underpinned by his belief that "music makes life better - it heals, unites and inspires, and it makes us better people."

In this file photo dated July 1, 2012, pianist Lang Lang performs during a variety performance celebrating the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland in Hong Kong. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

"The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Lang Lang's outstanding contributions to the world of classical music and celebrate his extraordinary talent with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame." Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in a statement.

Lang recalled his upbringing and memories of Los Angeles, saying that music is the common ground for people from different cultural backgrounds.

In this file photo dated March 21, 2019, Chinese pianist Lang Lang performs at the Museo del Prado as part of the ongoing celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the main Spanish national art museum in central Madrid, Spain. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
Pianist Lang Lang plays in front of a crowd of classical music enthusiasts in Beijing on Jan 25, 2024. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Music is an important part of the cultural exchanges between China and the United States, the pianist told Xinhua. He hopes that more musicians and artists from China can serve as cultural bridges in the future and bring the elegance of Chinese culture to Western audiences.

"The world communicates through music," Lang said, adding that he hopes to inspire as many people as possible to learn a musical instrument.