Critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Yuja Wang over her dazzling career. The Beijing-born pianist, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, is set to achieve new heights during the coming season, which features recitals, concert series, as well as residencies and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors.
Recent highlights include her yearlong “Artist Spotlight” at the Barbican Centre, where she curated and performed in four distinct events: the first London performance of John Adams’ newest piano concerto (which she gave the premiere in spring 2019) titled Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, which they took on tour; recitals featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon and clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, and a solo recital.
In autumn 2019, she toured China with the Vienna Philharmonic, presenting concerts in Macao, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan. The beginning of 2020 saw Wang and Gautier Capuçon reuniting for a recital tour featuring 11 dates presented in Europe’s premiere venues, including the Philharmonie de Paris and the Wiener Konzerthaus. She then embarked on an extensive solo recital tour, appearing in renowned concert halls throughout North America and Europe.
Additionally, Wang was the featured soloist with some of the leading orchestras of North America, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under Andris Nelsons; the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno; the San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
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. She later 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 Wang was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year in 2017.
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