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Lang Lang Performs for the Opening Movie of Gran Turismo 5


Gran Turismo®5

Lang Lang Performs in the Opening Movie of Gran Turismo 5

The music in the introductory part of the Gran Turismo 5 opening movie, is performed by the world famous pianist, Lang Lang.

Lang Lang was born in Shenyang of China. Showing great talent from a young age, he entered Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music at the age of 9, and at the age of 13 he was awarded first place at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

He crossed the ocean to the United States in 1997, and attracted great attention when he played Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1", standing in for Andre Watts in the Chicago Symphony at the Gala Concert of the Ravinia Music Festival. He was 17 at the time. Since his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001, he has been performing actively all over the world with world class orchestras like the Boston Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic and others.

In recent years he has performed in the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics, at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, and at the opening of the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. Lang Lang is one of the most talked about young talent in China and the world today. He plays Prokofiev's War Sonata in the real world intro part of the opening movie. Please enjoy the thrilling and passionate 3 and a half minute piano performance by Lang Lang.

Comment from Gran Turismo Series Producer, Kazunori Yamauchi

The elements which compose an automobile, all originally came from space. And when viewed from space, the tracks that identify the presence of man on Earth, are the roads that cut a path through the wilderness. And what actually speeds through those roads, are the cars. The introduction movie contains these three motifs, of the elements, cars, and the road.

We wanted to visualize the world of cars from a different perspective than the flashy display of cars you would see at a motor show. The War Sonata played by Lang Lang for Gran Turismo gave the footage its rhythm, tension, and above all else, power.