Internationally-Acclaimed Pianist Lang Lang Returns to Houston to Help Close out the Houston Symphony 2014-15 Season

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 4/29/2015, 8:11 a.m.
Superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang returns to Jones Hall on Tuesday, May 12, to perform with the Houston Symphony for ...
Lang Lang will give a solo recital on Wednesday, March 25, at the Mondavi Center. Courtesy photo davisenterprise.com

HOUSTON (April 28, 2015) – Superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang returns to Jones Hall on Tuesday, May 12, to perform with the Houston Symphony for one night only under the baton of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Lang Lang Joins Andrés will be a reunion for Lang Lang and Orozco-Estrada, having performed together with Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchestra for the summer gala concert at the 2009 Grafenegg Festival. Lang Lang, who made his Houston Symphony debut as a young rising star in 1999 at Miller Outdoor Theatre, was last in Houston in October 2012 when he performed three different Beethoven piano concertos with the Houston Symphony during a subscription weekend. On May 12, he will be back at Jones Hall interpreting Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

When not performing at sold-out concerts and recitals across the world, the 32-year old superstar stays busy appearing at the world’s most prestigious events, including the world’s most widely viewed sporting events. Lang Lang has performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro alongside Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo. And most recently, Lang Lang was seen performing at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards alongside singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams.

No contemporary artist has made a stronger impact on the classical world than Lang Lang. Described as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times, Lang Lang has inspired millions of Chinese children to play classical piano through his work for the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace focusing on global education and through his Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

Lang Lang Joins Andrés Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:30pm Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Lang Lang, piano Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

Jones Hall 615 Louisiana St. Houston, TX 77002 Tickets from $35

About Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his tenure as Music Director of the Houston Symphony in the 2014-2015 season, and immediately established a dynamic presence on the podium and a deep connection with musicians and audiences. In addition to his Houston post, he is chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and in the 2015-16 season, will become principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Next season will also mark his official subscription debut with the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin, and started conducting at age 15. At the age of 19 he entered the Vienna Music Academy, where he studied with Uroš Lajovic (pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky), and went on to complete his degree with distinction conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein. Orozco-Estrada burst on the international scene with two substitutions with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: the first, his debut in 2010, standing in for Esa-PekkaSalonen, and then in 2012 stepping in for Riccardo Muti at the Musikverein. He has worked with the most prominent European orchestras, most recently Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, City of Birming­ham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre National de France and Oslo Philharmonic. Highlights of the 2014-15 season include debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as at the Salzburg Festival.