Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang is a Chinese classical pianist. She was born in Beijing, began studying piano there at age six, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
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There is no disrupting Yuja Wang and Leonidas Kavakos
LATimes - about 1 month
“Disruption” — in the hyped jargon of Silicon Valley, big business and politics — can too easily stand for deception, the overthrowing of expectations to get your way or to justify for messing up. Even when the intention is good, the very nature of having intention means revelation is unlikely. ...
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No Shortcuts For Yuja Wang, The World's Greatest Living Pianist
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Yuja Wang was still an undergraduate at Curtis when she got the call: piano soloist Murray Perahia was under the weather. Could she jump on a plane to southern California and perform the next day with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields? She could, and she did. The pianist, barely 22, played with authority and sensitivity, wowing the musically literate in the Orange County audience (yes, there are some even in Costa Mesa). She also astonished the ensemble's legendary conductor, Sir Neville Marriner. The audience was treated to the unique tableau of this towering figure on the music scene, 82 and approaching retirement, gazing with fascination at a young woman in the first throes of her career playing breathtaking, breakneck encores. Wang captivated another top conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, at another impromptu performance, this time at Carnegie Hall, filling in for yet another ailing soloist. Her playing moved Thomas, a mentor figure in Wang's career, literal ...
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Review: Verdi’s Requiem, in All Its Theatricality and Resonance
NYTimes - 5 months
The London Symphony Orchestra performed two concerts over the weekend, including one with the star pianist Yuja Wang.
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Yuja Wang Plays Carnegie Hall
NPR - 10 months
Hear one of today's most charismatic pianists perform music with deep psychological — and physical — dimensions by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms.
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Lang Lang and Yuja Wang, Stars From China, at Carnegie Hall
NYTimes - 11 months
Mr. Lang is a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Ms. Wang performs at a recital.
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Yuja Wang slays Beethoven's monster piano piece - and makes it look easy
LATimes - 11 months
The Granada was packed with cheering fans Monday night. Yuja the Kid had come to take on Murray the Pro. Who would hammer the “Hammerklavier” the hardest? Although the Pro has a 40-year career advantage, he has only lately begun tackling Beethoven’s ultimate monster piano sonata, to which he had...
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It's nice to have L.A. Phil 'family' like Yuja Wang, Salonen
LATimes - over 1 year
Symphony orchestras operate on many models. Corporate is increasingly common. Some are collectives; others resemble sports teams. There are monkish ones on spiritual missions and academic ones with a musicological bent. Maybe it's a California thing, but our big orchestras like to think of themselves...
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It's nice to have L.A. Phil 'family' like Yuja Wang, Salonen
LATimes - over 1 year
Symphony orchestras operate on many models. Corporate is increasingly common. Some are collectives; others resemble sports teams. There are monkish ones on spiritual missions and academic ones with a musicological bent. Maybe it's a California thing, but our big orchestras like to think of themselves...
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It's nice to have L.A. Phil 'family' like Yuja Wang, Salonen
LATimes - over 1 year
Symphony orchestras operate on many models. Corporate is increasingly common. Some are collectives; others resemble sports teams. There are monkish ones on spiritual missions and academic ones with a musicological bent. Maybe it's a California thing, but our big orchestras like to think of themselves...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Yuja Wang
  • 2016
    Age 29
    In a recital at Carnegie hall in May 2016, she played Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 29, the, and two Brahms Ballades and Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana.
    More Details Hide Details As of 2013, Wang has performed with many orchestras, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, in the U.S. Internationally, she has performed with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orquesta Nacional España, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart and Santa Cecilia. In January 2009, Wang signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. She released her first CD, Sonatas & Etudes in 2009, followed by Transformation in 2010; Rachmaninov in 2011; and Fantasia in 2012. In addition, EuroArts released a DVD on which she performs Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, with Abbado conducting. Yuja Wang performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel in Caracas, Venezuela, in February 2013. A recording of this performance was released in December 2013 on Deutsche Grammophon.
    In March 2016, Wang played for three nights in Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.
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    In a departure from her previously predominantly Russian repertoire, she played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9, the Jeunehomme, in February 2016 at David Geffen Hall in New York on four successive nights with Charles Dutoit conducting, then, in her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev in Munich and Paris.
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  • 2015
    Age 28
    Wang made her Berlin Philharmonic debut in May 2015, performing Sergei Prokofiev's 2nd Piano Concerto with Conductor Paavo Järvi.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was broadcast live through the orchestra's Digital Concert Hall.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    Also in 2013, Wang's recital tour of Japan culminated with her recital debut at Tokyo's Suntory Hall.
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    In February 2013, Wang performed and recorded Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3 with Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Venezuelan Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar.
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    Wang toured Asia in November 2012 with the San Francisco Symphony and its conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
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    In 2012, Wang toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Zubin Mehta in Israel and the U.S., with a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York in September.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    In a review of Wang's 2011 Carnegie Hall debut, The New York Times wrote:
    More Details Hide Details From the opening piece, an early Scriabin prelude, Ms. Wang played this Chopinesque music, all rippling left-hand figures and dreamy melodic lines, with a delicacy, poetic grace and attention to inner musical details that commanded respect. After intermission she offered a rhapsodic, uncommonly nuanced account of the formidable Liszt Sonata in B minor. But the most revealing performance came in Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6 in A. Completed in 1940, this nearly 30-minute work channels some barbaric, propulsive, harmonically brittle outbursts into a formal four-movement sonata structure. In most readings, intriguing tension results from hearing music of such aggressive modernism reined in by Neo-Classical constraints. Ms. Wang reconciled these conflicting elements through a performance of impressive clarity and detail. In June 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Wang is "quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there's nothing left to do but sit back, listen and marvel at her artistry."
  • 2009
    Age 22
    In 2009, Wang performed and recorded Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in G Minor with Kurt Masur at the Verbier Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" is featured on the Verbier Festival highlights DVD from 2008. Wang's "Bumblebee" video has been viewed more than 4.5 million times on YouTube.
    In 2009, she performed as a soloist with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which was led by Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Wang performed with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado in Beijing, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Spain and in London, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    In 2008, Wang toured the U.S. with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner.
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    At age 15, Wang entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied for five years with Gary Graffman and graduated in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Graffman said that Wang's technique impressed him during her audition, but "it was the intelligence and good taste" of her interpretations that distinguished her.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    In March 2007, Wang's breakthrough came when she replaced Martha Argerich in concerts held in Boston.
    More Details Hide Details Argerich had cancelled her appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on four subscription concerts from March 8 to 13. Wang performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Charles Dutoit conducting.
  • 2006
    Age 19
    In 2006, Wang made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo!
    More Details Hide Details Vail Music Festival. The following season, she performed with the orchestra under Lorin Maazel during the Philharmonic's tour of Japan and Korea.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    On September 11, 2005, Wang was named a 2006 biennial Gilmore Young Artist Award winner, given to the most promising pianists age 22 and younger.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the award, she received $15,000, appeared at Gilmore Festival concerts, and had a new piano work commissioned for her.
    She made her North American debut in Ottawa in the 2005/06 season, replacing Radu Lupu performing that Beethoven concerto with Pinchas Zukerman conducting.
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  • 2003
    Age 16
    In 2003, Wang made her European debut with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Switzerland, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 under the baton of David Zinman.
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  • 2002
    Age 15
    In 2002, Wang won the Aspen Music Festival's concerto competition.
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  • 2001
    Age 14
    In 2001, she won third prize and the special jury prize (awarded to an especially superior finalist of less than 20 years in age, prize money of 500,000 Japanese Yen) in the piano section at the first Sendai International Music Competition in Sendai, Japan.
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  • 1998
    Age 11
    In 1998, Wang won third prize in the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen, Germany.
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  • 1995
    Age 8
    Although there are reports Wang released a debut CD in 1995, there is little information available about it.
    More Details Hide Details Wang has received attention as much for her eye-catching outfits and glamorous stage presence as for her piano playing. In a much-quoted 2011 review of a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Times classical music critic Mark Swed wrote: But it was Yuja Wang's orange dress for which Tuesday night is likely to remembered... Her dress Tuesday was so short and tight that had there been any less of it, the Bowl might have been forced to restrict admission to any music lover under 18 not accompanied by an adult. Had her heels been any higher, walking, to say nothing of her sensitive pedaling, would have been unfeasible. Swed was widely criticised for this aspect of his review.
  • 1987
    Age 0
    Born on February 10, 1987.
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