YUJA WANG has secured a place of distinction among the world’s finest performers due to her rare blend of technical refinement, musical insight, and emotional sensitivity. The intense power of her interpretations comes from a combination of exceptional presence on stage and a natural affinity for repertoire ranging from Mozart to Gershwin.
Yuja’s way of making music connects with a strikingly broad audience. She is set to broaden her audience throughout the 2016/17 season, not least through her term as Artist-in-Residence at China’s National Center for the Performing Arts. The Beijing-born pianist returns to her home city in August for the first of six specially curated concerts at the NCPA.
Other highlights of her 2016/17 season include a nine-concert Asian tour with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas; performances of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda at New York’s Lincoln Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; and an extensive spring tour of Europe with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano.
Yuja Wang was born in Beijing and encouraged at a young age to make music by her dancer mother and percussionist father, starting the never-ending thirst for knowledge that has sustained her musical development. Yuja began piano lessons at the age of six and her progress was accelerated by studies at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music. In 1999 she moved to Canada to participate in the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary’s Mount Royal College and thereafter enrolled as the youngest ever student at Mount Royal Conservatory. Wang’s exceptional gifts were widely recognized in 2001 with her appointment as a Steinway Artist, and again the following year when she was offered a place at Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Gary Graffman.
In January 2009 Yuja Wang became an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist. Her debut album, Sonatas & Etudes, prompted Gramophone to name her as its 2009 Young Artist of the Year. Her 2011 release of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Paganini Rhapsody with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado was nominated for a Grammy. Subsequent releases for the yellow label include Fantasia, an album of encore pieces; a live recording of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra; and an acclaimed coupling of Ravel’s two piano concertos with Fauré’s Ballade, recorded with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Lionel Bringuier.