Eighteen year old American pianist Maxim Lando was awarded the prestigious 2020 Gilmore Young Artist and was also named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month. He first received international attention in 2017, appearing on the piano bench alongside Lang Lang to perform the parts intended for Mr. Lang’s injured left hand at Carnegie Hall’s Gala Opening Night. Chick Corea joined them for an unprecedented three-pianist version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a collaboration that was chronicled in The New York Times.
Mr. Lando has performed with major orchestras of the world including symphonies of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, and Hawaii, Russia’s Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Bolshoi Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Kazakh State Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and China’s NCPA Orchestra. Highlights of last season include over forty virtual concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic; a tour of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Daniel Hope, Lynn Harrell, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra; and performances of Chausson’s Concerto for Violin and Piano with Daniel Hope and the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Dedicated to making classical music accessible to his own generation, Mr. Lando has been featured on CNN’s Best of Quest, NPR’s From The Top, BBC Radio 4, Bavarian Radio, Russia’s TV Kultura, The Violin Channel, and WQXR. A proponent of Sing For Hope’s mission, he served as a last-minute replacement for Lea Salonga at its 2017 Gala.
Maxim Lando is a proud alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which has provided him a tremendous amount of guidance and support. He is currently a student at The Juilliard School, where he continues to work with long-time mentors Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone.
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