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Lang Lang has established himself among the world’s top pianists. The musician has released more than a dozen studio albums, earned spots at the top of the Billboard classical charts and performed at such high-profile events as the Grammy Awards, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a state dinner at the White House for Presidents Obama and Hu Jintao. His latest album, New York Rhapsody, released on September 16, takes as its inspiration New York City—the place he considers his second home. As such, he’s a natural fit as our first-ever NYC Cultural Tourism Ambassador.
“Each neighborhood has its own sound and rhythm,” says Lang Lang of the City. “All of it inspired my music.” The album includes standards like “Rhapsody in Blue” and more unexpected cuts like the Spider-Man theme, which features a collaboration with YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling. Other guest stars come from a variety of backgrounds: R&B singer Andra Day, digital pioneer Herbie Hancock and the actor Jeffrey Wright, among others.
, where he played at 18 years old.
and, coming soon—much to his anticipation—
Chinese food in
, and Manhattan’s
Floats at the Thanksgiving Day Parade (he got to ride on a
–themed one in 2008).
in Queens: “The first time I went there, it was magnificent to feel what a true handmade piano was like.”
, for great performances.
: “The area is bustling and diverse—it feels like the movies.”
: “Don’t miss the breathtaking view.”
: “It’s an awesome neighborhood for dating, because there are so many restaurants and coffee shops.”
: “A getaway with birds, plants, flowers—everything you want.”
, as well as in
Walking the City, like taking a jaunt alongside
and passing the
on the way.