Lang Lang and  Maxim Lando at Hublot Fifth Avenue boutique.


When Lang Lang comes to New York, he typically performs at Carnegie Hall, but last night he entertained guests in a more intimate space at Hublot’s new store on Fifth Avenue.

“It’s the city that never sleeps,” Lang said about his love for Manhattan. “It’s a real melting pot with everyone coming from different parts of the world. You unite people here.”

Lang is a Hublot brand ambassador and when he’s not performing or speaking about the brand’s merits — he called Hublot’s designers artists — he’s working to bring music back into schools with his Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

Before Lang performed, Maxim Lando, a 13-year-old pianist from his foundation, played “Medtner Fairy Tales” and “Variations on a Theme From Carmen.”

“I’m scared,” Lang said. “I couldn’t play that way when I was 13.”

The night ended with Lang performing on a Model B Steinway piano. Proceeds from the shopping event went to his charity.

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