|Prince Charles and Lang Lang|
Lang is also the first Chinese to be given this recognition, which he said "it's a blessing". Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and composer James MacMillan also received honorary doctorates.
The young pianist was given the award to praise his outstanding achievements as a performer and philanthropist, inspiring young musicians.
He has apparently inspired some 40 million Chinese children to learn the piano, a phenomenon US television program The Today Show coined the phrase "the Lang Lang effect". In 2009 he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine.
In 2008 Lang established the Lang Lang International Music Foundation which helps cultivate the talents of the next generation and encourages music education.
Kudos to Lang for his commitment to music, not only as a performer but to opening the world of music to others.
He is the perfect ambassador of soft power for China. The government is probably thinking, "Now if only we had 1.3 billion more of him...."