Name: Lang Lang (Lang Guoren) Age: 27 Country of origin: China Discovered: In 1999, Lang Lang was performing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. One day he filled in for soloist Andre Watts, who had taken ill at the last minute. The 17-year-old nailed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto. Debut album: Lang Lang (2001) Career highlights: Leonard Bernstein award in 2002;Goodwill ambassador for the UN Children's Fund; Cultural ambassador to China for the Recording Academy; first Chinese artist nominated for the best instrumental soloist Grammy award (2007); launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation for underprivileged children to learn classical piano In 2008; played at opening ceremony of last year's Beijing Olympics; named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world (2009). Memorable quotes: 'In the first lesson I said, 'I want to be like Tiger Woods. I want to win all the big competitions'.' 'Every time you play a piece it's like you bring a new life, and when the last note finishes it's disappeared.'