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Lang Lang picks up double ECHO Awards / Deutsche Welle

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Star pianist Lang Lang was the only musician to take home two ECHO Klassik prizes. The star-studded gala event also honored pianist Menahem Pressler and singer Jonas Kaufmann. The festive ECHO Klassik gala on Sunday evening (18.10.) served up some fine performances, beginning with Jonas Kaufmann, for whom TV entertainer Gottschalk found words of praise, calling him "the best the world of opera currently has to offer." With his deeply masculine, darkly shaded voice, Kaufmann proved the point in his rendition of an aria from Puccini's "Tosca."

Chinese pianist Lang Lang, this year accepted his eighth and ninth ECHOs: one as Instrumentalist of the Year in the piano division, the other for his work with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which promotes young talent. Handing over the trophy, German television host Johannes B. Kerner declared, "Because of Lang Lang, millions of children in China have taken piano lessons." No longer needing to demonstrate his virtuosity, the megastar served up two delicate piano pieces by Tchaikovsky and Chopin.  READ THE FULL Deutsche Welle ARTICLE