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“Her combination of technical ease, colouristic range and sheer power has always been
remarkable … but these days there is an ever-greater depth to her musicianship, drawing
you into the world of each composer with compelling immediacy.”, Financial Times, June
Critical superlatives and audience ovations have followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career.
The Beijing-born pianist, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage
presence, is ready to register fresh achievements during the 2018-19 season which
features recitals, concert series, as well as season residencies and extensive tours with
some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors. She begins the summer
of 2018 with a performance of Beethoven’s first piano concerto at the Tanglewood Music
Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Andris Nelsons followed
by a tour with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Petrenko and a programme
featuring Prokofjew’s Piano Concerto No.3. Later engagements include an extensive
recital tour to South America as well as several concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and
Valery Gergiev in Asia during autumn. The upcoming season will make her the artist in
residence at Carnegie’s “Perspectives” as well as the Wiener Konzerthaus and the
Luxembourg Philharmonie. Highlight engagements include concerts with the Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra at Versailles as well as the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn
with Gustavo Dudamel. She also embarks on tours with the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Other notable appearances include concerts in
Istanbul, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago and Kotor.
Spring of 2019 sees Yuja embark on a tour to Los Angeles, Seoul and Tokyo with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra to to give the first-ever performances of John Adams’
newest piano concerto as well as reuniting with cellist and frequent collaborator Gautier
Capucon for a vast US chamber tour.
Yuja Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in
China, she received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of
Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she
replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Two years later
she signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established
her place among the world’s leading artists with a succession of critically acclaimed
performances and recordings.
Yuja has been named as Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2017.