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Lang Lang - People Magazine's 'One to Watch'

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When it comes to expertly tickling the ivories, Chinese pianist Lang Lang's your man. The 33-year-old musician, whose new album Lang Lang in Paris was just released, hails from Shenyang, where he showed so much promise at age 2 his parents saved half a year's salary to buy him his own piano. "When I was 5 I had my first recital," he tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I was so nervous the night before I went to the bathroom about 20 times! But then on stage I felt so comfortable. From then on I made it my dream to be a pianist." 

Now a renowned international pianist previously named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People, he's got three Grammy performances under his belt and has collaborated with stars John Legend and Pharrell Williams among others. It's pretty clear his dream has more than come true. "I love the Grammys," says Lang. "It's a stage where you work with different musicians and genres and get to see the possibilities. Music is like language. It doesn't really matter the rhythm or style. In the end we all try to touch people's hearts."   READ THE FULL People Magazine ARTICLE