One of the world’s most celebrated pianist, speaks for the first time about his spectacular wedding in Paris to a classical pianist Gina Alice Redlinger.
The couple, who also share exclusive pictures captured before their wedding on the streets of the French capital, wed in an emotional ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel before holding a reception at the magnificent Palace of Versailles. “It was one of the happiest days of my life so far,” Lang Lang said, “It was a truly unique experience.”
Among the guests at the wedding were American musician John Legend and his wife Chrissie Teigen, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Sir Howard Stringer, the former chairman and president of Sony Corporation, as well as Jay Chou, another Chinese pop music icon.
Gina wore a wedding dress that she designed herself. “It was a moment I would always dreamed of and she looked incredible, like a princess” said Lang Lang, who wore a Louis Vuitton suit, about the first time he saw his bride. “My vows were quite short and direct – I said, ‘I will love you until the end of my life’. But Gina wrote a very beautiful poem. I was very happy and emotional. I did not cry but I saw many other people in tears.” —edited from hello magazine
A ‘Lang’ Way to Find Alice
Lang Lang is a leading figure in classical music – as a pianist, educator and philanthropist he has become one of the world’s most influential and committed ambassadors for the music industry in the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing or just for a few hundred children in the public schools, he is a master of communication through music.
Heralded by the New York Times as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet”, Lang Lang plays sold-out concerts all over the world. He has formed ongoing collaborations with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim and Christoph Eschenbach and performs with all the world’s top orchestras.
He is also known for thinking outside the box and frequently steps into different musical worlds. His performances at the GRAMMY Awards with Metallica, Pharrell Williams or jazz legend Herbie Hancock were watched by millions of viewers through varied channels.
For about a decade Lang Lang has contributed to musical education worldwide. In 2008 he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation aimed at cultivating future top pianist talents, championing music education at the forefront of technology, and building a young audience through live music experiences. In 2013 Lang Lang was designated by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace focusing on global education.
Lang Lang started playing the piano in the aged three, and gave his first public recital before the age of five. He entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory at the aged nine, and won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at the age of 13. He subsequently went to Philadelphia to study with legendary pianist Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music. He was seventeen when his big break came, substituting for André Watts at the Gala of the Century, playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach: from there the China Lang became an overnight sensation and the invitations started to pour in.
Lang Lang’s boundless drive to attract new audiences to classical music has brought him tremendous recognition: he was presented with the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos and was picked as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and New York University.
In December 2011, Lang Lang was honoured with the highest prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and received the highest civilian honors in Germany (Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) and France (Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters). In 2016 Lang Lang was invited to the Vatican to perform for Pope Francis. He has also performed for numerous other international dignitaries, including four US presidents and monarchs from many nations.—edited from langlangofficial,com
With all these titles and honors, the great Lang Lang, posted nine wedding photos on his account on Weibo, which is the Chinese version of Twitter.
“I found my Alice … She is Gina Alice,” he wrote in the captions.
Chinese media reported that their wedding ceremony took place at a hotel in France and that a banquet was held at the Palace of Versailles yesterday.
Who is Lang Lang Alice? Why would the world-known artist fell for this special Alice?
Who is Gina Alice Redlinger?
The talented virtuoso recently wed Lang Lang at a glamorous ceremony in Paris – and now everyone wants to know more about this German-Korean pianist —- Lang Lang’s Alice.
Last weekend, superstar pianist Lang Lang surprised fans with the announcement of his marriage to Gina Alice Redlinger.
Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Gina Redlinger had her first piano lesson when she was just four years old and hasn’t looked back since.
By the age of eight, she was receiving tuition from popular Russian-German pianist Irina Edelstein, who worked as a professor at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt.
Under Edelstein’s careful guidance, it wasn’t long before Gina could be found performing regularly around her hometown, which included a solo recital in 2009 at the age of 15 and several concerts with the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic.
The young star also studied with other world-famous musicians, such as Hungarian pianist László Simon – once honored with the King’s Swedish Music Award – and Klaus Hellwig, who has been a panel judge for international contests such as Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition.
Even American classical pianist Gary Graffman took Gina under his wing – a major figure in the music world and the exactly same teacher who trained his husband Lang Lang.
A keen linguist and follower of modern culture, she is fluent in English, German, Korean, French and Chinese. Redlinger, 24, met Lang Lang, 36, in Berlin a few years ago and the two were wed on June 2 at the Palace of Versailles in France.—edited from Classicfm.com
The great union of this beautiful musician couple is not only a piece of celebrity news, but also the reflection of Chinese soft power in the music world. As Lang Lang continues moving ahead with his Alice, we look forward to witness his new milestones in music education and world peace.
Edited by Joreal Qian