The piano superstar becomes the first Chinese recipient of the honour.

Classical piano sensation Lang Lang yesterday received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from The Royal College of Music in a presentation presided over by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

The ceremony took place at the RCM’s Britten Theatre in London, where Prince Charles annually confers honorary doctorates on the chosen recipients. This year Scottish composer James MacMillan and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen were commended for their musical achievements alongside the 28-year-old Lang Lang, who is the youngest and the first Chinese performer to be awarded.

The Prince of Wales personally presented Lang Lang with the scroll in recognition of the pianist’s influence on millions of Chinese children who have taken up the instrument and for his efforts establishing the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to nurture young talent

Lang Lang was already an internationally renowned virtuoso showman when he performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to an audience of five billion people; he has since become a cultural icon and a symbol of China’s future on the world stage.

Lang Lang performs with Sydney Symphony in Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, and in a solo recital, June 8-14 at...