Chinese pianist Lang Lang and his wife expecting their first child

   Lang Lang and his wife Gina Alice Redlinger, will soon have a new listener when they perform together.
Lang Lang and his wife Gina Alice Redlinger, will soon have a new listener when they perform together.PHOTO: LANG LANG/INSTAGRAM

Chinese star pianist Lang Lang and his wife, fellow pianist Gina Alice Redlinger, will soon have a new listener when they perform together.

Lang announced on social media on Thursday (Oct 15) that Redlinger, 26, is pregnant.

The 38-year-old wrote in English on Instagram and Facebook : "I am so excited to announce that Gina and I are expecting our first child. We could not be happier to welcome our new family member to the world."

The announcement was accompanied by a drawing of a baby listening to a piano performance. "Eagerly waiting for the little listener at the family concert," Lang wrote.

Redlinger posted the same drawing on social media, which she captioned: "Parents-To-Be. We're very blessed to have the little angel come to our family."

The couple met in Berlin, Germany a few years ago and held their wedding at the Palace of Versailles in France in June last year. It was attended by celebrities such as Taiwanese singer Jay Chou and his wife, model-actress Hannah Quinlivan.

Redlinger, who is of German and Korean heritage, graduated from Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hamburg, one of the most prestigious academies of music in Germany.

Lang, who is born in Shenyang, China, is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all major American orchestras.

In 2017, he suffered a career- threatening injury to his left arm but recovered and got back to performing last year.

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In April, he performed in the virtual One World: Together At Home concert, which was held to celebrate healthcare and front-line workers and support the United Nations Foundation's Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.