Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts – Concert Hall
Dates: June 04, 2009 19:30
Price: VIP 480 380 280 180 80 RMB
Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja began studying piano at age six. Under the guide of Gary Graffman, she graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2008. In 2006 Yuja received the Gilmore Young Artist Award.
Twenty-two year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja’s command of the piano has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman”, and she has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence. This past season The Washington Post called her Kennedy Center recital debut “jaw-dropping” and following her San Francisco recital debut The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “The arrival of Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang on the musical scene is an exhilarating and unnerving development. To listen to her in action is to re-examine whatever assumptions you may have had about how well the piano can actually be played”.
In the few short years since her 2005 debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman, for which the Canadian press reported “a star is born”, Yuja has already performed with many of the world’s prestigious orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago
Symphony, Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony, in the U.S., and abroad with the Tonhalle Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony in Tokyo. In 2006 Yuja made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and performed with the orchestra the following season under Lorin Maazel during the Philharmonic’s Japan/Korea visit. That same season she performed in Leeds, U.K, and toured the Netherlands with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic led by Yuri Temirkanov, and most recently, in the spring of 2008, she toured the United States with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner. She has worked with many of the world’s esteemed conductors including Charles Dutoit, Robert Spano, Michael Stern, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Osmo Vanska, and Pinchas Zuckerman.
Abroad, Yuja will make her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Tilson-Thomas and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra led by Claudio Abbado. She will also make her recital debut at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Yuja is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. For her debut recording, titled Sonatas & Etudes, to be released in the U.S. in the spring of 2009, she presents a program of sonatas including Chopin’s “Funeral March”, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2, and etudes by Ligeti.
Sonata for Piano in G Major, K.427
Sonata for Piano in b minor, K.87
Sonata for Piano in E Major, K.380
Sonata for Piano in G Major, K.455
28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini in a minor, Op. 35
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Sonata No. 2 in G minor
Sonata No. 4 in F minor