LANGHAM HOSPITALITY GROUP ANNOUNCES FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE LANGHAM LANG LANG MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Master Class Showcases Talent of the Future
August 10, 2011
Langham Hospitality Group and international megastar pianist, Lang Lang have awarded the first Langham Lang Lang music scholarship to Hong Kong prodigy, 8 year-old Li Zhongxin (李仲欣).
Presented jointly by Dr K.S.Lo, executive chairman of Langham Hospitality Group and Lang Lang at a special Master Class event this month at Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong, the award recognises exceptional talent and promise as a great pianist of the future.
Described by the New York Times as the hottest artist on the classical music planet, Lang Lang is also the luxury hotel operator's first global ambassador. He said: "Li Zhongxin embodies everything I see in a classical musician of the future. I am delighted that the Langham Hospitality Group shares my vision of enhancing the understanding and appreciation of classical music for future generations with the first Langham Lang Lang Music Scholarship."
Lang Lang first recognised Li Zhongxin's exceptional talent when he saw him perform Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330 at the Lang Lang Charity Concert for UNICEF in May, 2010.
Third-grader, Li Zhongxin, studies at Hong Kong Yew Chung International School. He started playing piano from the age of 4. By the time he was 7 years old, he had earned his grade 8 piano certificate with distinction from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
As an ambassador for Langham Hospitality Group, Lang Lang hosted the Master Class event in Hong Kong on August 10 followed by afternoon tea. The event was a celebration of classical piano music where three talented students were inspired by Lang Lang's encouraging critique. The audience included specially-invited guests who were all winners of the Hong Kong Youth Piano Open competition 2011.
Lang Lang said: "I love the way Langham look to inspire their guests in innovative ways as I do with my music. Their art of hospitality blends perfectly with my desire always to explore ways of giving back to the community. That's what the Master Class and the Langham Lang Lang Music Scholarship have been all about."
Dr K.S. Lo said: "The Langham Lang Lang Music Scholarship forms part of our efforts to foster the talents of the next generation which is a subject close to my heart. Lang Lang has made an incredibly positive and lasting impact on the lives of everyone in the room today at the Master Class – with the 3 students who were inspired by his encouragement and the audience of exceptional winners."
Lang Lang was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009 and has earned international praise for his dazzling style and charisma transcending national borders and demographics identifying him as the perfect personality to reflect both The Langham and Langham Place as the group's brand ambassador.
About Langham Hospitality Group
Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hospitality brands which include hotels, resorts, residential serviced apartments, restaurants and spas, located on four continents.
It takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was opened in 1865 as Europe's first Grand Hotel. For almost 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties.
The brands include the luxurious Langham and international five-star Langham Place, the upscale Eaton Luxe, midscale Eaton Smart and the award-winning Chuan Spa.
The Langham is where guests can enjoy service with poise and be enchanted by our innovation and traditions while Langham Place, the fun sibling of The Langham, is about living the 21st century through design, technology and attitude, epitomising stimulating and artistic hospitality.
Eaton, a premium member brand, aims to surprise and delight our guests with a value-for-money proposition that delivers a stylish, modern level of comfort with spirited, can-do service.
Currently 29 member hotels are open or in the pipeline across four continents.
Langham Hospitality Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.
Reservations for either Langham or Eaton properties can be made by logging onto langhamhospitalitygroup.com