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. Her
debut album, Sonatas & Etudes, was released in 2009. This was followed by a
second album, Transformation, for which she received an ECHO Klassik award. Most
recently, Ms. Wang collaborated with Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to
record her first concerto album, featuring Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of
Paganini and his Piano Concerto No. 2.
Ms. Wang has performed with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the
Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and National symphony orchestras; the Los Angeles and New York
philharmonics; The Philadelphia Orchestra; and San Francisco Symphony; and abroad with the
Staatskapelle Berlin, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, London
Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Orchestre de Paris, St. Petersburg
Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has
collaborated include Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Pietari Inkinen,
Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, and
Pinchas Zukerman. Ms. Wang has also given recitals in major cities throughout Asia, Europe,
and North America, and she makes regular appearances at summer festivals, including Aspen,
Lucerne, and Verbier.
Highlights of the 2011-2012 season include performances with the Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; NDR Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra dell'Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; and the US orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, and Los
Angeles. She tours Germany with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, and
gives her debut recital in Berlin; she is also scheduled to perform recitals in London,
Madrid, Milan, and Paris.
Ms. Wang began playing piano at age six. She studied at the Central Conservatory of Music
in Beijing with Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren, the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary with
Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone, and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with
Gary Graffman. In 2006, Ms. Wang received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, followed by the
prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2010.