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Lang Lang returns to original recording label

By Chen Nan | | Updated: 2017-02-09 14:11

Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced a new long-term recording agreement with Chinese pianist Lang Lang on Feb 8.

The agreement marks Lang's return to UMG's artist roster, with future classical albums to be released through Deutsche Grammophon, where he was signed until 2010.

A globally celebrated piano virtuoso, Lang, 34, has sold millions of albums around the world, topping classical charts and achieving simultaneous mainstream success. He was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy Award, becoming the first Chinese artist nominated for best instrumental soloist.

During the past decade the pianist has performed for classical-music fans, world leaders, royalty and other dignitaries. He has reached televised audiences of billions, performing at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

"It is a tremendous honor to welcome Lang Lang home to UMG and Deutsche Grammophon," says Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of UMG. "I'm thrilled that UMG will contribute to the next chapter in Lang Lang's already distinguished career."

The pianist says: "When I met Lucian and his team, I was amazed by their open-mindedness and passion for innovation. This is exactly the spirit we need to promote classical music in the 21st century. My dream has always been to share music with as many people as possible, and I can't wait to start working with the Universal teams around the world."

The first new recordings under the agreement will be The Piano Book, an album of popular piano music, reflecting his commitment to music education and desire to encourage young people to learn the instrument, which will then be followed by Bach's Goldberg Variations.


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