Pianist Yuja Wang Performs Carnegie Hall Recital on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00
Ms. Wang will perform Brahms’s Ballades, Op. 10, Nos. 1 and 2; Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16; and Beethoven’s mighty Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier.”
The concert airs as part of the fifth annual Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series with a live radio broadcast on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and online at wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, select Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts feature live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other. Performances in the series are also heard at a later date on radio stations across the country through the WFMT Radio Network.
Video of Ms. Wang’s May 14 performance will also be streamed live online, and available for viewing on free replay for 90 days, thanks to an ongoing partnership between Carnegie Hall and medici.tv, making live webcasts of select Carnegie Hall concerts available to a global audience. Since fall 2014, these webcasts—showcasing performances by some of the world’s most celebrated artists—have been enthusiastically received, reaching 3 million views with audience members originating from countries around the world.
About the Artist
A pianist who radiates palpable magnetism and a distinctly contemporary sensibility, Yuja Wang is an astounding artist whose awe-inspiring technique is matched only by her eloquence as a musician. Since her breakthrough debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007 while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, she has established herself as an international sensation and a fixture among the world’s leading orchestras—including those of New York, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin—regularly joining them on tours of the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Championed early on by preeminent maestros including Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late Claudio Abbado, she is one of today’s most sought after soloists, as well as a fiercely dedicated chamber musician, recitalist, and Grammy-nominated recording artist.
To launch the 2015-2016 season, Yuja joined Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony on a European festivals tour, performing Beethoven and Bartók at London’s BBC Proms, the Edinburgh, Rheingau, Lucerne, and Enescu festivals, and in Amsterdam, Luxembourg, and Paris. She played Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie with the New York Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, both in Caracas and throughout Europe. Ms. Wang also made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra this season, performing Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” Concerto under Valery Gergiev. She also performed this work with the New York, Los Angeles, and Israel Philharmonics led by Charles Dutoit, Lionel Bringuier, and Zubin Mehta, respectively. A US tour with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Symphony showcased both the Mozart work and Tchaikovsky’s Second Concerto, the latter of which she reprises with the Moscow Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in Amsterdam and Asia.
In recital, Yuja tours France, Holland, and Germany, and reunites with violinist Leonidas Kavakos for a complete Brahms sonata cycle at the Edinburgh Festival. She has performed at Carnegie Hall every season since her celebrated recital debut in 2011.
Yuja made her European concerto debut in 2003 and her North American concerto debut two years later. She appeared with the New York Philharmonic in Vail in 2006 and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007. In 2008, she toured the US with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the next year performed at Carnegie Hall with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas. She has now partnered with nearly all of the world’s foremost orchestras. In 2011, she performed an outdoor concert for an audience of 25,000 with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin at the German capital’s Bebelplatz, and in 2013-2014, she was the subject of a London Symphony Orchestra “Artist Portrait” series. In the 2014-15 season, she served as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2009, Yuja has released three solo albums and two concerto recordings to date. Her debut release, Sonatas & Etudes, was nominated for a Grammy Award, won an International Piano Award, and saw Yuja named Gramophone’s “Young Artist of the Year.” With her solo recording Transformation, she took the 2011 ECHO Klassik Award for “Young Artist of the Year,” while her recording of Rachmaninoff concertos with Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra received a Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo.” Yuja’s latest recording, Yuja Wang: Ravel, was recorded with Lionel Bringuier and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and released in fall 2015.
Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja began piano lessons at the age of six and went on to study with 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 in 2001, she embarked on two years of study with Hung-Kuan Chen at Mount Royal College Conservatory. Following studies with John Perry at Aspen Music Festival and a win in the concerto competition, Yuja became a student of Gary Graffman at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, graduating in 2008. Yuja is the recipient of the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award and winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
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