“She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder and interpretive nuance.”

The New York Times, 15 October 2009

“. . . a very special talent indeed . . . A wonderfully gifted and thoughtful musician, capable of both superb technical artistry and emotional reflection.”

Gramophone (London), July 2009

A Biographical Timeline

“The young Chinese pianist is a prodigious talent, with an astonishing technique – the evenness and clarity of her playing can be jaw-dropping – and the makings of a real musical personality to go with it.”

The Guardian (London), 17 August 2011

Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja Wang had her first piano lessons at the age of six, and went on to study with Professors Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music. In 1999 she joined the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary’s Mount Royal College and won its concerto competition; in 2001 she began two years of study with Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at Mount Royal College Conservatory. In 2002 she won the Aspen Music Festival’s concerto competition and became a student of Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 2008.

2003 

Triumphant European concerto debut in Zurich performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 with the Tonhalle Orchestra under David Zinman

2005 

After her North American debut performing Beethoven’s Concerto no. 4 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman in Ottawa (replacing Radu Lupu at one day’s notice), the Canadian press declares: “A star is born”. She has been invited back to the NAC every season since then

2006 

Debuts with the New York Philharmonic (Liszt Concerto no. 1 under Lorin Maazel) and the symphony orchestras of Chicago and Japan’s NHK (Prokofiev Concerto no. 2 under Charles Dutoit), San Francisco (Ravel Concerto in G major under Michael Tilson Thomas) and Houston. First recital tour of Germany. Receives this year’s prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award

2007 

Boston Symphony Orchestra debut (deputizing for Martha Argerich) playing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto no. 1 under Dutoit. Appears in the UK and Netherlands with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov. Returns to China to perform with the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras. Lisbon debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Lawrence Foster (Tchaikovsky Concerto no. 1, Prokofiev Concerto no. 3). Replaces Yefim Bronfman at a day’s notice in Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 2 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, resulting in immediate re-engagement

2008 

Yuja Wang closes the St. Petersburg Winter Arts Festival. US tour with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Marriner. Other concerts include the Baltimore Symphony (Yan Pascal Tortelier), New World Symphony (Tilson Thomas), Detroit Symphony and NHK Symphony orchestras (both under Dutoit) and the Orchestre national de Belgique (Walter Weller). Verbier and Saratoga festival debuts. Recitals in the US and Paris

2009 

Signs an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Her first release on the Yellow Label features works by Chopin, Ligeti, Liszt and Scriabin (Grammy® nomination and International Piano Award “Best Debut Album” 2009). Debut in Italy playing concertos by Prokofiev with the Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado. Further engagements include concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony of Washington, Dallas Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony orchestras and the Filarmonica della Scala. She makes her Carnegie Hall debut in October performing Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Dutoit. Tour in North America with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninov Concerto no. 2). Numerous recitals in the US, Hong Kong, Beijing and throughout Europe. Festival appearances in Verbier, Lucerne, La Roque d’Anthéron, Bergamo, Bad Kissingen, Aspen and Santa Fe. Yuja Wang receives the Gramophone Award “Young Artist of the Year”

2010 

Tour in the US playing Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 2 and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra and in Israel performing Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 3 and Mozart’s Concerto K. 466; concerts with the Royal Philharmonic (Dutoit), Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Claudio Abbado), New World Symphony and San Francisco Symphony (Tilson Thomas), Gulbenkian (Foster), Hong Kong Philharmonic (Muhai Tang), Filarmonica della Scala (Semyon Bychkov; at the Shanghai Expo), Royal Concertgebouw (Daniele Gatti), Cincinnati Symphony (Carlos Kalmar), Orchestre de Paris (Juraj Valcuha) and Mariinsky (Gergiev); various chamber music appearances and recitals throughout Europe, the US and the Far East, including her recital debut at the Salzburg Mozarteum; festival appearances in Schwetzingen, Bad Kissingen, Verbier, Montreux, International Chopin Festival in Poland, as well as Aspen and Santa Fe. This year Yuja Wang is awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. For her second Deutsche Grammophon album, Transformation – an integrated solo programme featuring Brahms, Ravel, Scarlatti and Stravinsky –, she receives an Echo Award 2011 as “Young Artist of the Year”

2011 

Highlights this year include performances of Bartók’s Concerto no. 2 with the Stuttgart Radio and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia; Beethoven’s Concerto no. 5 with the Berlin Staatskapelle; Brahms’s Concerto no. 1 with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany and Spain; Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 3 with the Shanghai Symphony, China Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Săo Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony; Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 3 with the Orquesta Nacional de Espańa, Italian RAI Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and with the Royal Philharmonic on a European tour; “Paganini Rhapsody” with the National Arts Centre, Boston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras. Recital tours in the US (including her acclaimed recital debut at Carnegie Hall), in Europe and the Far East with a programme featuring Rachmaninov, Schubert, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns; chamber works by Brahms, Dvorák and Schubert with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Release: Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto and “Paganini Rhapsody” with Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, nominated for a Grammy® as “Best Classical Instrumental Solo”

2012 

Her plans for this year include engagements featuring Bartók’s Concerto no. 2 at London’s Barbican Centre; Chopin’s Concerto no. 1 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Los Angeles and with the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington’s Kennedy Center; Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 2 with the San Francisco Symphony on a tour throughout China and with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in Germany; Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 3 with the New York Philharmonic at New York’s Lincoln Center and with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in St Petersburg and Moscow; Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 3 with the NDR Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony and San Francisco Symphony; in August Tchaikovsky’s Concerto no. 1 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl. Recital tours throughout Europe with appearances in Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Great Britain. Release of Fantasia, a collection of encore pieces by Albéniz, Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Scriabin and others

2/2012

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