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26 January 2022, 15:17 | Updated: 26 January 2022, 16:53
The star virtuoso wed Lang Lang at a glamorous ceremony in Paris – and now everyone wants to know all about the German-Korean piano virtuoso
In 2019, superstar pianist Lang Lang delighted and surprised fans by announcing his marriage to fellow pianist Gina Alice Redlinger – but who is she, and why is she causing such a stir with music lovers?
Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Gina Redlinger had her first piano lesson when she was just four years old and hasn’t looked back since.
By age eight, she was receiving tuition from popular Russian-German pianist Irina Edelstein, who worked as a professor at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt.
Under Edelstein’s careful guidance, it wasn’t long before Gina could be found performing regularly around her hometown, which included a solo recital in 2009 at the age of 15 and several concerts with the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic.
The young star also studied with other world-famous musicians, such as Hungarian pianist László Simon – once honoured with the King’s Swedish Music Award – and Klaus Hellwig, who has been a panel judge for international contests such as Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition.
Even American classical pianist Gary Graffman took Gina under his wing – a major figure in the music world and the same teacher who trained Lang Lang.
A keen linguist and follower of modern culture, she is fluent in English, German, Korean, French and Chinese.
Redlinger met Lang Lang in Berlin in the mid-2010s and the two were wed on 2 June 2019 at the Palace of Versailles in France.
In January 2021, the pianistic pairing announced the birth of their first child: a baby boy.
Over recent years, husband and wife have graced many of the world’s great concert halls together, showcasing duets together.
In December 2021, the pair popped into Classic FM, just to say hello. You will not meet a lovelier or more charming pair.
We’re delighted for the happy couple, their new family, and the amazing music they’re sharing with the world – and will look forward to seeing what they do next!